For many women who are done having children, the decision of what type of birth control to choose can be overwhelming. Permanent birth control is one of the most effective pregnancy prevention methods available, but how do you know if it’s right for you? At Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Medicine in Houston, Texas, we help walk you through that decision process and answer any questions you may have about birth control options.
Permanent birth control is a standard method for preventing pregnancy, estimated as the choice among one-third of all women. While most women are happy with their choice to not keep up with temporary methods, it’s still a decision that should be carefully considered.
Here are some questions to consider when deciding if you are finished with having children:
If you are sure that your family is complete, there are other factors to think about in terms of birth control itself, including:
There are two types of permanent birth control, also called sterilization. They are surgical and non-surgical. Neither method requires the use of hormones and will not interfere with menstrual cycles or sex drive. With both methods, you will continue to produce eggs, but they will never meet with your partner’s sperm for fertilization.
Commonly referred to as “having your tubes tied,” surgical sterilization involves cutting, tying, or sealing off the fallopian tubes to prevent the egg from traveling to the uterus and becoming fertilized by sperm. The procedure can be performed independently but can also be done following childbirth or a C-Section.
Also called hysteroscopic sterilization, non-surgical permanent birth control involves placing a small implant to block the fallopian tubes. The device is placed through the vagina and then into the fallopian tube via a hysteroscope. Over time, scar tissue will form around the implant, which permanently blocks the tubes.
At Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Medicine in Houston, Texas, we understand that the choice of permanent birth control is a big step that requires careful consideration. We’ll help you every step of the way by providing information, answering your questions, and offering compassionate care. To schedule a consultation, please call us today at 855-346-8610.
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.
Dr. Adebola I. Falae, MD, FACOG received her undergraduate degree from Duke University in Durham, NC, and medical degree from University of Rochester Medical School, NY. She completed her residency training at Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans, LA. She is a Board-certified physician whose primary concern is women’s healthcare.
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.