Northwest Ohio OB-GYN
Aesthetics & Board Certified Obstetrics & Gynecologist located in Bluffton, and Findlay, Ohio.
With many different birth control options available, it’s important to go to a clinic with comprehensive knowledge and state-of-the-art technology. Desrene Brown, MD, and the team at Northwest Ohio OB-GYN, located in Bluffton, and Findlay, Ohio, can help you find the perfect option for you. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today.
Birth Control Q & A
What is birth control?
Birth control is a method to decrease your chances of pregnancy. Although there are many different options for birth control methods, abstinence is the only method that provides 100% protection from pregnancy and STDs.
What are the birth control options?
Birth control pill
A birth control pill is a daily pill that uses hormones to prevent you from ovulating, thus decreasing the chance you’ll get pregnant
Usually made out of latex, the male condom is placed over the penis before sex. Condoms have the benefit of providing protection from some STDs.
Intrauterine device (IUDs)
Whether it’s hormonal or made of copper, Dr. Brown places this small device inside your uterus, making it inhospitable to fertilized eggs.
You take this pill after sex when you fear the method of birth control you used before intercourse failed or if you didn’t use birth control at all.
Spermicide is foam, cream, or jelly that you apply inside your vagina before sexual intercourse to kill sperm. Due to possible irritation, this method can cause, you could become more likely to contract an STD.
Hormonal birth control patch
You wear this patch on your body, and it releases the same hormones as the birth control pills to block pregnancy.
Before intercourse, you place this reusable plastic ring in your vagina where it releases pregnancy-preventing hormones.
Birth control shot
This shot injected usually in the arm protects you from pregnancy for three months.
Birth control implant
Dr. Brown places a little rod in your arm that releases the same hormones as the birth control shot.
This pouch goes inside the vagina before sex.
Other options include:
- Diaphragm: Dr. Brown fits you for rubber dome that you place inside your vagina, over the cervix, before sex
- Cervical cap: Dr. Brown fits you for a cap that you place over your cervix to protect you from pregnancy
- Birth control sponge: You place a foam sponge that contains spermicide over your cervix prior to intercourse
- Tubal ligation: For this permanent form of birth control, Dr. Brown performs a surgical procedure to close your fallopian tubes to prevent eggs from reaching your uterus; the procedure can’t always be reversed
- Vasectomy: For this permanent birth control for men, a surgeon blocks tubes that carry sperm to the testicles
While there is a dizzying array of birth control options, Dr. Brown and her team can help you decide which is right for you.