Choosing when to have a baby is part of planning for the future, and if a woman isn’t ready for a child right now, Jacqueline Bracy, MD, can help find a solution to prevent an unplanned pregnancy. When a woman visits Dr. Bracy’s Glendora, California, gynecology office, she discusses her birth control options, helps her decide on the best one for her needs, and answers any questions she may have about the treatment. To find the ideal contraception for you, call the office today.
You have many options available for birth control, ranging from barriers to implantable devices. Some of the most common Dr. Bracy recommends are:
Barrier birth control methods, such as a condom, sponge, or diaphragm, stop sperm from reaching the egg, preventing pregnancy.
Dr. Bracy usually recommends an oral contraceptive, or “the pill,” with a combination of estrogen and progestin, as long as you aren’t breastfeeding or have had issues with estrogen birth control in the past. The pill is taken every day at the same time.
An implant is inserted into your arm and releases the hormone progestin, which changes your cervical mucus so sperm isn’t able to maneuver through it to reach the egg. It may prevent the ovaries from releasing an egg, as well.
If you’re looking for a long-term solution, Dr. Bracy might recommend a progestin-releasing intrauterine device (IUD) that prevents against pregnancy for several years, possibly up to 10 years.
Other available birth control methods include the shot, patch, and ring.
If you decide on an IUD, Dr. Bracy uses an antiseptic solution on your vagina and cervix to prevent infection. Then, she inserts a slim plastic tube in your vagina that contains the IUD.
Once Dr. Bracy inserts the IUD in your uterus, she checks to make sure it’s in the correct position. After she removes the plastic inserter, she trims the strings of the IUD to the appropriate length.
The process lasts about 10 minutes and doesn’t cause much pain. You may experience cramping and slight discomfort following insertion, but it subsides within a few days.
The only contraception options that protect against STDs are barrier methods, such as male and female condoms. If you’re on another form of birth control like the pill, shot, or an IUD, Dr. Bracy recommends using a condom if you’re having sexual intercourse and aren’t in a committed relationship.
If you’re using a form of birth control besides a barrier method, Dr. Bracy educates young girls and women between the ages of nine and 26 about the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine Gardasil® to prevent against this common STD that can lead to cancer.
To find the best contraception for your health and lifestyle, call Dr. Bracy’s office to schedule an appointment.