If you want to prevent pregnancy, you need a reliable form of birth control. Katrina Davis, MD, FACOG, and Lyvie-Sara Sylvestre, MS, MD, offer a wide range of contraceptive options at Sarasota OB/GYN Associates in Sarasota and Port Charlotte, Florida. Call or schedule a consultation online today to learn about your birth control options and discover which type is right for you.
When it comes to birth control, women have unique needs and there isn't a one-size-fits-all option. Sarasota OB/GYN Associates offers a comprehensive range of contraception for you to choose from. Some of the most common types of birth control include:
The birth control pill is an oral medication that uses hormones to prevent pregnancy. You need to take your pill at the same time every day. If you miss a pill or need to take other medications such as antibiotics, the effectiveness of the pill decreases. In these instances, you should use an additional form of birth control until you start your next pack of pills.
An IUD is a small T-shaped device that your provider inserts into your uterus. You can choose between non-hormonal and hormonal IUDs. Depending on the type of IUD you select, it can prevent pregnancy for between 3-12 years.
The birth control implant is a device about the size and shape of a match that your provider inserts under the skin of your inner bicep. The implant releases hormones to prevent pregnancy for up to five years.
You can also opt for a quarterly birth control shot. The injection includes pregnancy-preventing hormones.
Other common types of birth control include the vaginal ring and birth control patch. None of these types of birth control protect you from STDs. Barrier contraceptives such as condoms are the best way to prevent STDs if you're sexually active.
Sarasota OB/GYN Associates provides thorough consultations and exams to identify the best birth control for your health, lifestyle, and family planning needs. They can answer your questions and help you make an informed choice about contraception.
If you’re sure that your family is complete and you don't want any more children, you can talk to Sarasota OB/GYN Associates about tubal ligation for permanent birth control. The procedure closes your fallopian tubes to prevent eggs from reaching your uterus and joining with sperm.
Tubal ligation is usually a minimally invasive procedure and doesn't require an overnight stay in the hospital.
Call Sarasota OB/GYN Associates or make an appointment online today for personalized birth control advice.