If you’re interested in reducing your risk of unintended pregnancy, you have a wide selection of effective and easy-to-use birth control options. Choosing what’s best for you depends on a range of factors, including your age, medical history, and overall health. The top-rated team of women’s health experts at Total Woman Care in Elkin, North Carolina can help you understand your choices and find the method that’s best for you. To learn more about available birth control methods, call or book your appointment online today.
There are several types of contraception available, each with benefits, drawbacks, and rate of effectiveness. The five main categories of birth control are:
Your doctor at Total Woman Care can help you find the birth control method that best meets your needs after considering the following factors:
If you and your long-term partner do not want to start a family anytime soon, an IUD may be your best choice.
If you have more than one partner, you may want to consider using condoms, which help protect against STDs, in addition to your primary form of birth control.
It's important to remember that even the most effective forms of birth control — including permanent sterilization methods — aren't 100% foolproof. When used correctly, however, most forms of birth control can significantly reduce your chances of becoming pregnant.
Many women decide to use more than one method for increased protection against pregnancy; using a spermicide along with a diaphragm is common, as is using a condom while on the pill.