The type of birth control you choose is a personal choice depending on a number of considerations, including family planning, convenience, and safety. At Premier Women’s Care of Southwest Florida in Lehigh Acres, Cape Coral, and Ft. Myers, Florida, the expert team of providers can help you decide what method is best for your needs. Call the office, or book an appointment online to discuss your birth control options.
Many considerations influence your choice of birth control. Of course, you want to consider the effectiveness of each method. In addition, it’s important to think about the following when weighing your options:
The doctors at Premier Women’s Care of Southwest Florida also consider your health issues, such as any medications you’re taking and whether or not you can take hormonal contraceptives when making recommendations.
You may be familiar with barrier methods of birth control, such as condoms and spermicides. The diaphragm and cervical cap are other barrier methods. Other options for women include:
The doctors at Premier Women’s Care of Southwest Florida can also coach you on abstinence and the fertility awareness method, which means you avoid intercourse on days that you are most fertile.
Condoms, both female and male, are the only birth control method (aside from abstinence) that protect you against sexually transmitted infections.
IUDs, or intrauterine devices, are more than 99% effective in preventing pregnancy, making them an effective choice. They also protect you for three or more years, depending on the type of IUD you choose, but are easily reversible with removal. Nexplanon®, a small, thin hormonal implant placed in the arm provides up to three years of continuous birth control and is 99% effective in preventing pregnancy.
The various types of birth control pill are about 91% effective in preventing pregnancy, but do require you to remember to take one every day – so user error can interfere with their effectiveness.
Barrier methods are less effective at preventing pregnancy, with the diaphragm being 88% effective and condoms being 79-82% effective.
To learn more about your birth control choices, call the office of Premier Women’s Care of Southwest Florida, or book an appointment online.