Embry Womens Health
OB/GYNs & Women’s Health located in Mesa, AZ
Mary P. facebook
Lexie B. Google+
Jenna N. yelp
Kashlee C. facebook
Lexie B. Google+
Birth Control Q&A
How can I decide which birth control method is best for me?
There are more than a dozen effective forms of female birth control available. At Embry Women’s Health, our specialists help each patient evaluate these options and choose the one that’s best for her and her partner. Some factors to consider are whether:
- You plan to become pregnant in the future
- You’ll remember to take a pill every day
- You’re sensitive to latex
- Are okay with taking hormones
What forms of birth control are most popular?
- The pill. It’s been a leading choice since the 1980s.
- Intrauterine devices (IUDs). These are small t-shaped devices which are easily implanted by your healthcare provider, and easily removed by him or her at a later date, should you wish to become pregnant. There are two types of IUDs. Each works by preventing sperm from reaching an egg. The first does so by releasing the hormone progesterone, which thickens cervical mucus to sperm prevent movement. The second uses copper ions to prevent movement.
- Implant birth control. Implants are thin, flexible plastic devices, similar in size to a matchstick, which are implanted beneath the skin on the inside of the upper arm. Implants prevent pregnancy by continually releasing the hormone progestin, which inhibits sperm movement and ovulation. Their effectiveness lasts up to four years.
- Contraceptive shots. Progestin shots are administered at three-month intervals and work similarly to implant birth control devices.
- Barrier methods. These include a diverse group of products: male and female condoms, sponges, diaphragms, cervical caps, and spermicidal foam.
Are there permanent forms of birth control for women?
Women who know that they don’t ever want to become pregnant have two options for permanent birth control. These are:
- Fallopian tube occlusion. This is a non-surgical procedure in which a coil is implanted inside the fallopian tubes. The coil creates a mild irritation that causes scar tissue to develop, which over about three months creates a natural barrier. This barrier prevents eggs and sperm from reaching one another. Three months post procedure, an ultrasound or X-ray is performed to ensure that the tubes are completely blocked.
- Tubal ligation. This is a surgical procedure performed to block the fallopian tubes.
What is Oral Birth Control?
Oral contraceptives, or birth control pills, are used to prevent pregnancy for women. Progestin and estrogen are the two female hormones commonly used in oral contraceptives. These work by preventing ovulation. They also change the lining of the uterus to prevent a pregnancy form developing and change the mucus at the cervix which prevents sperm from entering. Birth control pills have also been used to help treat acne and premenstrual dysphoric disorder which causes physical and emotional problems just before each period.
Are There Other Uses for Birth Control?
Birth control pills have been used to treat irregular or heavy menstrual periods, endometriosis which is a condition where tissue which normally lines the uterus is found in other areas of the body and can cause pain, and has been known to help women with acne and especially severe menstrual period symptoms including heavy, painful bleeding and excessive mood changes.
What I Should I Know about Birth Control?
It is important to remember to take the pills each days and keep appointments with your doctor. Physical exams should be performed once a year and can check for any reproductive health concerns. If you want to become pregnant and want to stop taking the pill, the doctor may recommend that you use another form of birth control until your menstruation is normal again. Birth control pills can reduce the amount of folate in a person’s body and because of this if you want to become pregnant soon after taking birth control pills your doctor may prescribe a folate supplement to ensure proper fetal development. It can take a long period of time to get pregnant and it can happen quickly, it depends on your body. It is important to remember that some supplements or medications can interfere with the effectiveness of birth control pills so if you need to take them make sure to tell your doctor.
Embry Women’s Health is committed to providing quality, affordable health care. We’re in-network with all major insurance plans, including Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna and UnitedHealthcare. No insurance? No problem. We offer a simple fee schedule for those who wish to pay out-of-pocket. Click the button below for our complete list and more information:
Words from our patients
“I’ve never had an experience like this at a Doctor’s office ever! Everyone was so nice and they worked as a team to help me! They treat you like a person here”
“All the staff at Embry women’s health are professional, inviting, and very knowledgeable.”
“The entire staff was kind and welcoming. If I call with a concern they are able to help me right away. Front desk is never in a bad mood or rushing you”