Many women ask what the best method of birth control is. There is no simple answer to that question. Choosing your method of birth control is a very important and very personal decision. In addition to lifestyle choices and personal preferences, your body is unique. Most birth control methods have some potential side effects. However, those side effects do not manifest uniformly, and sometimes they do not occur at all. Each woman reacts differently. Some of the most popular choices include:
Advantages: Birth control pills are safer than ever, with fewer risks and side effects than those in the past. Because there are many formulas, and the dosage can be adjusted, this is a highly customizable solution.
Side effects: Oral contraceptives occasionally cause dizziness, indigestion, weight gain, or other rare complications. These problems can usually be avoided by tailoring your prescription to your health.
Advantages: The Mirena intrauterine device provides long-lasting, yet reversible birth control. You don’t need to do anything, making it quite convenient. This option also gives the peace of mind of knowing that there is no risk of forgetting your birth control.
Side effects: Problems with this treatment are very rare, and may include cramps or inflammation.
Advantages: The vaginal ring offers constant protection for three weeks, without surgical implantation.
Side effects: Some women experience irritation, and the medication in the ring has similar potential side effects to certain oral contraceptives.
Advantages: This is the most convenient option; just one simple procedure can end birth control worries forever.
Side effects: Complication or ill effects of the procedure are extremely rare. The greatest risk is regret. Only choose this option if you are certain that you will never want to become pregnant under any circumstances.
Dr. Jenkins will work with you to find the ideal solution for your health, convenience, and lifestyle. He will explain your options, including the unique benefits, disadvantages, and potential risks of each, helping you make an informed decision. Call our office, located in Katy, TX, at 855-346-8610 and schedule your consultation 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.