Birth Options FAQS
There are many different types of birth control options available to women today for preventing pregnancy. Oral contraceptives, injections and intrauterine devices are popular choices. The knowledgeable and experienced physicians at the Bala Cynwyd Women’s Health in Bala Cynwyd, PA can help you decide which birth control method is right for you.
Types of Birth Control
Three popular methods of birth control for women include birth control pills, injections and intrauterine devices. Each of these birth control methods offers unique advantages. Depending on your health and your personal preferences, your doctor can help you select a method.
Birth control pills are oral contraceptives that are taken daily. Some pills contain the hormones estrogen and progestin, while others contain only progestin. Birth control pills inhibit pregnancy by preventing ovulation so that there is no egg to be fertilized by the sperm. Some advantages of birth control pills include regulation of the menstrual cycle and milder menstrual cramps. The effects of birth control pills are also easily reversible when ready to become pregnant.
Injections, such as Depo-Provera, are a convenient birth control method for women who do not want to take a pill daily. The injections are administered by a healthcare professional once every three months. Like birth control pills, injections prevent pregnancy by suppressing ovulation. Injections usually contain the hormone progestin, but not estrogen. The absence of estrogen makes this method of birth control a good option for women, such as those with a history of certain types of cancer, who cannot use estrogen-based medications.
Intrauterine devices are placed in the uterus by a physician and are effective for 3-5 years, depending on the particular type of device used. Once the device is in place, there is virtually no other maintenance; no daily pills or regular injections to remember. Popular brands like Mirena and Skyla rely on the hormone progestin to prevent pregnancy by killing or damaging sperm. Some other intrauterine devices rely on copper to prevent pregnancy, as copper is known to be toxic to sperm.
Birth control pills, injections and intrauterine devices each offer its own benefits and advantages. The physicians at the Bala Cynwyd Women's Health in Bala Cynwyd, PA can assist you with choosing the best option for you.