Birth Control

Advanced Obstetrics & Gynecology

OBGYNs located in New Albany, MS

Using birth control is essential if you don’t want to get pregnant. It’s difficult to know which method is right for you with so many birth control options available. The gynecologists at Advanced Obstetrics & Gynecology in New Albany, Mississippi, help patients choose an appropriate birth control method that minimizes unwanted side effects and meets your personal preferences. If you need help choosing or obtaining birth control, give the office a call or use the convenient online scheduling tool to book an appointment today.

Birth Control Q & A

How do I choose a birth control method?

Birth control only prevents pregnancy when it’s used correctly every time you have sexual intercourse. You need to choose a birth control method that you can commit to using properly. There are many factors to consider when weighing your options for birth control, including:  

  • Effectiveness in preventing pregnancy
  • Number of sexual partners
  • Potential side effects
  • Frequency of sexual intercourse
  • Desire to have children in the future

No birth control method, other than abstinence, is 100% effective. Therefore, choosing the right birth control for your individual needs can significantly reduce your risk for an unwanted pregnancy.

What are my birth control options?

There are two main types of birth control: hormonal and barrier methods. 

Hormonal birth control

Birth control that uses lab-made hormones to make changes in your body to prevent pregnancy include: 

  • Contraceptive birth control pills 
  • Hormonal IUD placements
  • Implants 
  • Medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA) injections
  • Hormonal skin patches
  • Vaginal rings

A hormonal IUD (intrauterine device) can be inserted into the uterus to provide birth control. Hormonal birth control is more effective than barrier methods as far as preventing unwanted pregnancies, but it doesn’t prevent sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). If you need help deciding whether an IUD is the right choice for you, or you’re experiencing uncomfortable side effects from your current birth control method, the compassionate team at Advanced Obstetrics & Gynecology can help.

Barrier methods of birth control

Barrier methods prevent sperm from reaching the uterus, and include:

  • Male or female condoms
  • Diaphragms
  • Cervical caps

Barrier methods help prevent STDs but put you at a higher risk for unwanted pregnancy than hormonal contraceptives.

Are there permanent birth control options?

Female sterilization is a permanent birth control option for women who are sure they don’t want to have children or any more children. Your doctor closes or blocks your fallopian tube to prevent your eggs from traveling down the fallopian tube and prevent sperm from reaching your eggs. Sterilization is a highly effective method of birth control. Fewer than 1 in 100 women become pregnant within a year of their sterilization procedure.

What are the side effects of birth control?

Introducing lab-made hormones into your body through hormonal birth control may cause side effects, including: 

  • Bloating
  • Breast tenderness
  • Spotting between periods
  • Irritability
  • Nausea

Birth control side effects usually wear off within a few months after your body adjusts to taking birth control.

If you need help deciding whether IUDs, contraceptives, or sterilization is the right choice for you, or you’re experiencing uncomfortable side effects from your current birth control method, the compassionate team at Advanced Obstetrics & Gynecology can help. Give the office a call or use the online booking tool to schedule your appointment today.