Although having a baby can be a wonderful addition to many families, there are many times when a woman is not ready for the commitment that children require. It could be before she’s ready to have children, or after the first baby comes, when her family is complete, or maybe she never wants to have children. Whatever the reason, finding a safe and effective form of birth control can help women, and their families, have the family that they want. With a quick examination and an honest conversation, Dr. Taryll Jenkins can help women find the right birth control option for their unique situation.
There arWomen have many factors to consider when choosing a birth control method. Convenience, side effects, and effectiveness are all key considerations. However, it's important to note that when making this important decision, patients must remember that while some methods, such as permanent male or female sterilization, an intrauterine device, and the birth control implant require no work from the patient to prevent pregnancy, other types of birth control will require that the user be diligent to ensure that it works. For example:
- Birth control pill: Commonly called, "the pill," this version of birth control has a high effective rate when used correctly. Patients using the birth control pill are counseled to take the pill every single day, without fail, and to take it at the same time every day to ensure that hormone levels in the body remain consistent. Further, it's important to note that some illnesses and medications can decrease the effectiveness of birth control. When sick with vomiting or diarrhea or when using oral antibiotics, patients should check with their doctor and/or use a backup method.
- Birth control ring: The birth control ring is a pregnancy prevention device that is inserted into the vagina. It remains in place for three weeks and is then removed by the patient for a week. It is safe and effective; however, patients need to remember to remove and insert the ring on schedule and ensure that it stays in place.
- Birth control patch: The birth control patch is worn on the patient's skin. A new patch is attached by the patient once a week for three weeks. On the fourth week, the patch is not placed and the patient gets her period. Many patients like this form of birth control because once its placed they can forget about it. However, patients using the patch need to ensure that it remains securely in place and that it is removed and reattached on schedule.
- Other methods of birth control: There are many other methods of birth control that require application or insertion immediately before having sex such as the diaphragm, male and female condoms, and cervical caps. While these methods can be effective, it is critical that they are used. Often cases of pregnancy on these types of birth control happen because the protection was not used consistently or was used incorrectly. If you're unsure about how to properly use a birth control device, ask your physician or nurse for guidance.
Dr. Taryll Jenkins has been helping patients in the Katy area with all of their family planning needs for many years. If you have questions about birth control, please contact the office of Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Medicine.
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