For women who want to avoid pregnancy or delay expanding their family, birth control becomes unavoidable when they are involved in intimate relationships. There are many options out there for patients to choose from. Katy, TX area patients who are interested in finding the safest and most effective birth control for their specific needs and lifestyle are welcome to visit Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Medicine. Drs Taryll L. Jenkins, Roy, Ramirez and Ikwuagwu can assist patients in finding what is right for them..
Birth control is a method of avoiding pregnancy. This may be done for a variety of reasons, but for many, it is because they want to have sexual intercourse but do not want to conceive a child. There are a wide variety of birth control solutions available, but there is no single solution that is right for everyone. Some of the more commonly discussed options include:
Speaking with your doctor is the first step in deciding which birth control may be right for you. Knowing your age, sexual health, and your relationship history is all information that can be beneficial for the doctor to help guide you towards a birth control method that works best for your lifestyle and needs. A 40-year-old woman who is married and has three kids and does not want to expand her family further may choose a different option than a 25-year-old single woman without kids who is starting her career and wants to delay pregnancy until she is in a long-term relationship or married.
If you are at any point sexually active and want to avoid pregnancy, you need to speak to your gynecologist about possible birth control solutions. This is better than waiting until it’s too late—though there are solutions such as emergency contraception. It is best to be aware of your sexual health and how sexually active you are to help in making the right decision regarding the birth control for you.
The birth control methods available on the market today are all considered safe and effective to varying degrees. Combining some methods, such as using a condom AND utilizing spermicide, can increase the effectiveness and reduce the chance of pregnancy even more than either used alone. It is important to follow doctor instructions regarding use of birth control, as there are some cases in which it may not be as effective. A perfect example is the use of antibiotics while on the birth control pill. Antibiotics can make the pill less effective and may result in a pregnancy. These concerns should be discussed with the doctor before patients choose a method that is best aligned with their lifestyle and current medical needs.
Call our practice at 23535 Kingsland Boulevard in Katy, TX to speak to our front office team about scheduling a visit and learning about the best birth control option for you and your partner. Our office can be reached by new patients at 855-346-8610. We welcome new patients into our practice for comprehensive, quality care!
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.