Birth Control

Ocean Obstetric & Gynecologic Associates

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Ocean, NJ & Howell, NJ

When it comes to family planning, women have many birth control options to prevent or delay pregnancy. The board-certified OB/GYN team at Ocean Obstetric & Gynecologic Associates, with offices in Ocean and Howell, New Jersey, are experts in women’s contraceptive care and offer many birth control options. To schedule a birth control consultation, call the office today or request an appointment online.

Birth Control Q & A

What is birth control?

Any method you use to prevent pregnancy is considered a type of birth control, also referred to as contraception. When it comes to methods of birth control, you have many options, including multiple types of both medicines and devices. With so many options, you may have a difficult time determining the method best for you.

The team at Ocean Obstetric & Gynecologic Associates can help you navigate this process.

What are the different types of birth control?

When it comes to birth control and family planning, you have choices. Some of the most common types of birth control include:

Sterilization

Sterilization is a permanent form of birth control. The team at Ocean Obstetric & Gynecologic Associates performs a surgical procedure called tubal ligation, which ties your tubes to prevent your eggs from coming into contact with sperm.

Long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs)

LARCs serve as a long-term method of birth control that can be easily reversed. Intrauterine devices (IUDs) are a type of LARC offered by the team at Ocean Obstetric & Gynecologic Associates. IUDs are inserted in your uterus and prevent pregnancy by making it difficult for the sperm to meet up with the egg for fertilization.

Short-acting hormonal medicine

Birth control pills, the birth control patch, and hormone shots are examples of short-acting hormonal birth control options. These methods work by stopping you from ovulating. In order to attain optimal effectiveness, you need to use the medication as prescribed by your specialist.

Barrier methods

The diaphragm and cervical cap are barrier methods of birth control that physically block sperm from reaching the egg.

Condoms are also a form of barrier birth control.

How do I know what type of birth control is best for me?

Your specialist can help you determine the best method of birth control for you when you come in for a consultation. Your specialist reviews all of your birth control options with you, and based on your sexual history, future pregnancy plans, and overall health, can help narrow down your choices so you get the one that best suits your needs.

For a birth control consultation with one of the women’s health experts at Ocean Obstetric & Gynecologic Associates, call today or book an appointment online.

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