When it comes to family planning and preventing pregnancy, there are so many options available to women in the area of Bradenton, FL. At Premier OB/GYN, we offer a myriad of solutions to choose from. Below are 14 ways for women to prevent pregnancy:
- Pill – the contraceptive pill is one of the most common forms of contraception and utilizes hormones to help regulate the period and avoid pregnancy.
- Female condom – the female condom is available over-the-counter without a prescription, and a new one is worn for each sexual encounter.
- Diaphragm – this barrier contraception method is a device that is placed inside the vagina to cover the cervix and prevent sperm from getting to the uterus.
- Cervical cap – this small silicone cup, smaller than a diaphragm, can be inserted and used with spermicide to protect against pregnancy. It needs to stay in the vaginal canal for at least six hours after sexual intercourse, but no more than 48 hours.
- IUD/Intrauterine coil – these contraceptives are implanted into the uterus for anywhere from three to ten years, depending on the type and brand used, to prevent pregnancy with or without hormones.
- Implant – this implant is placed into the arm and releases progesterone on a steady stream for up to three years to produce similar effects as the pill without having to take medication on a daily basis.
- Sponge – a small, round foam device placed into the vagina that contains spermicide. As with the cervical cap, it should be worn for at least six hours following intercourse but should be removed within 24 hours after.
- Spermicide – this contraception does not offer the best protection against pregnancy alone but is used alongside others to provide a higher success rate of prevention.
- Injections – injections of progesterone hormones can be performed every three months to regular the period and reduce the risk of pregnancy.
- Vaginal rings – this small plastic ring is inserted into the vagina for three weeks, and then removed for seven days to allow for the period to begin. A new one is inserted every month and removed for menstruation.
- Patch – instead of taking a pill, some women prefer to use a patch that stays on the skin for three weeks to deliver hormones. It is worn for three weeks, removed for one, and replaced every 28 days.
- Emergency contraception – used as needed when a condom breaks or if traditional birth control methods have not been utilized as directed. It is commonly known as the “morning after pill” and can be used within 72 hours of unprotected sex.
- Sterilization – permanent sterilization is appropriate for women who do not want to get pregnant or are no longer interested in expanding their family through traditional pregnancy.
- Natural family planning – by monitoring cervical mucus, basal body temperature, and a rhythm or calendar method, some women are able to use conventional natural family planning methods to reduce their chances of getting pregnant.
Do you want to discuss your contraceptives with a professional?
Contact one of our many doctors at Premier OB/GYN to learn more about family planning and contraceptive use. Our practice is located at 5323 4th Avenue in Bradenton, Florida and can be reached by calling our front office team for an appointment at (941) 745-5115.