If a pregnancy isn’t part of your plan for the near future but you’re sexually active, it’s important to consider your options for birth control. From progestin-only birth control to condoms, IUDs to the vaginal birth control ring, there are so many options that it’s easy to be confused. Dr. Taryll Jenkins of Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine provides his patients with advice and access to many different forms of birth control. While some patients know immediately what form of contraception they want, others aren’t sure where to start. Here, Dr. Jenkins discusses some of the most common forms of birth control:
Birth control pill: The birth control pill works by stopping ovulation, thickening the cervical mucus, and thinning the uterine lining – all in order to prevent an egg from being released, fertilized, or implanted. However, there are many kinds of birth control pills on the market today. From combination pills to progestin-only pills to extended cycle pills, there are many types and brands available. Determining which version is the right one for you often requires a conversation with your physician.
Vaginal ring: The NuvaRing is a small flexible plastic ring that is inserted inside the vagina for three weeks and then removed for one week while the woman has her period. It’s ideal for patients who don’t want to think about birth control every single day.
IUD: There are two types of intrauterine devices. While both types must be inserted by a physician in the office, one works by preventing sperm from reaching the egg, while the other form releases hormones. IUDs are often used by patients who want to prevent pregnancy for several to 10 years. Individuals who may want to become pregnant earlier than that are advised to look at other options, because, while it can be removed, it can be costly to do so.
Condoms: There are both male and female versions of condoms, which are used during sex to prevent the sperm from reaching the egg. The male version offers a great deal more protection than the female version. However, the female condom can be inserted up to eight hours before sex.
If you live in the Houston area and you would like to discuss your birth control options, call Dr. Taryll Jenkins today.
We offer general care, gynecology, and obstetrics services that span all stages of a woman's life. Dr. Taryll L. Jenkins, MD received his undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University and Doctorate of Medicine from Meharry Medical College School of Medicine, TN. He completed his residency training at the University of Texas and Hermann Hospital, TX and is Board-certified from the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, with years of research experience.
Having graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelors of Science in Biological Chemistry in 2011, Dr. Stephanie Roy received her Doctor of Medicine Degree in 2015 from the University of Texas Medical Branch. Today she is a leading Board-certified physician who works hard to provide you and your family with high quality services. In addition to spending time at the practice, Dr. Roy possesses extensive volunteer experience in the community. She was also a tutor at the Medical Careers Diversity Program in 2012 and since then has spent her free time volunteering for the St. Vincent’s Clinic.
Dr. Tiffany Ikwuagwu is passionate about caring for the diverse communities in Katy and Houston, TX. Having completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Houston, her medical degree at the Baylor College of Medicine, and her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the McGovern Medical School, she worked as principal investigator on a research project with Dr. Nana Ankumah at UT Houston. A member of the American Medical Association, Texas Medical Association, and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Dr. Ikwuagwu has served in several leadership roles and has made many contributions to the community.
Yara Ramirez, MD earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Baylor University and her doctorate in medicine from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston where she also completed her residency. She won the Resident Teaching Award from UTMB’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology for two consecutive years.
Dr. Ramirez has researched extensively on many obstetrics-related topics. She has been a Junior Fellow Representative for the UTMB Residency Program and a Medical Student Education Committee Member at the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She has volunteered for various local and foreign community programs. Her fluency in Spanish and French is an asset to her organization.
Nadia Alexander is a Board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner with a Master’s of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center. With seven years of experience in women’s health and a focus on obstetrics and ambulatory gynecology (vaginitis, UTI, and vaginal bleeding), she provides quality, compassionate care to patients in various stages of reproductive life. She is fluent in English and Spanish and is the lead contact for our Telehealth service.