When it comes to birth control, patients in Katy have plenty of choices. From condoms or diaphragms that can be inserted or used just before intercourse to oral pills that must be taken every day to shots or patches that are administered or applied on a regular schedule, women have many options to consider. Often the choice for birth control is made based on lifestyle habits, costs, and potential side effects.
The birth control patch is a popular contraceptive option for women who want a method that is effective, yet doesn't require them to think about it every day. Dr. Taryll Jenkins of Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine in Katy, TX, has helped many patients decide which birth control method is best. Here, he shares information about the birth control patch:
- The birth control patch is applied to the skin weekly for three weeks in order to prevent pregnancy. The patch delivers safe and effective hormones that prevent pregnancy by keeping eggs from leaving the ovaries. It also thickens the cervical mucus, which keeps sperm from joining the eggs.
- After three weeks, the patch is removed and the skin remains patch free for a week. The following week a new patch is applied.
- As with nearly all birth control methods, effectiveness is controlled by properly administering the product. When the new patch is applied at the right time, this method is 99% effective. For those who don't always use the patch as directed, it is 91% effective.
- For many patients using the birth control patch, the greatest benefit aside from preventing pregnancy is that she only has to think about once a week instead of every day or in the moments before intercourse. For others, it offers additional benefits such as causing the menstruation periods to become shorter, lighter, and more predictable. Furthermore, because the medication is in the woman's body it allows her to be more spontaneous during intercourse.
- Like all hormone-based birth control, there are potential side effects such as bleeding between periods, tender breasts, feeling nauseous or vomiting. If you experience these side effects, it's important to speak with your physician.
If you're considering a new birth control method and have questions about the patch or any other form, call Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine today.