CONTRACEPTION & BIRTH CONTROL Q & A
Contraception & Birth Control
What kinds of birth control options are available, and how can I decide which is best for me?
Today, women have many options when it comes to selecting a birth control method, including birth control pills, IUDs, diaphragms and arm implants. Lasting solutions like tubal ligation are also available for women who are not considering future pregnancies. Selecting the best option for your needs depends on your personal preferences, general health, lifestyle and other factors. During your visit, you'll learn about the different options that are available to you so you can feel confident in the decision you make.
Will birth control protect me from sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs)?
The only type of birth control that can provide any protection from STDs is the condom, and even when used as directed, transmission of disease is still possible, although the risks are reduced. If you're concerned about STDs, you can discuss the best ways to prevent transmission during your visit.
What happens during IUD placement?
The IUD is one of the most popular types of birth control because it doesn't require you to remember to use it – it remains in place for three to five years before being replaced with a new IUD. Placement is performed right in the office, and the technique is similar to a pelvic exam. A speculum is used to widen the vaginal canal and provide access to your cervix. The IUD itself is a small, T-shaped device that slips into the uterus through the cervix. A long, plastic tail extends into the vaginal canal, and before having sex, you should check for the tail each time to ensure the IUD is still in place and hasn't fallen out, which can happen in rare instances.
How is a diaphragm used?
Diaphragms are fitted to your cervix for greater protection. You'll learn how to properly insert and use your diaphragm during your fitting appointment.
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