If you are sexually active but not ready to start a family, it is important to know your options when it comes to birth control. There are many different contraception options available that are effective at preventing unwanted pregnancy. At Primary Care Joliet, our women’s wellness providers can provide exams and recommendations on birth control for our female patients.
There are short-term and long-term birth control options that can prevent pregnancy at a rate of over 90%. For those who are not planning on trying to become pregnant in the near future, a long-term option may be more convenient and effective. These can include IUDs and implants that can prevent pregnancy for up to several years. For those that may want to have a child in the near future, a short-term option that can be easily stopped is a better choice.
When it comes to birth control, women have many different choices. Many are hormone-based, which affects ovulation. These are very effective at preventing pregnancy, usually over 95%, but not everyone can take hormonal birth control. Barrier methods are also available, which work by preventing sperm from entering the uterus and fallopian tubes, but these are less reliable at pregnancy prevention. Some of the possible contraceptive options to discuss with your provider include:
- Oral contraceptives (the pill)
- Depo shot
- Hormonal implants
- Diaphragm, cervical cap, or sponges
- Hormonal rings
Long-term options can be a good choice for those who may forget to take a pill daily or use a barrier method before each sexual encounter. The method you choose should be based on your personal needs and what works best for your lifestyle and health. Some birth control methods may have other benefits, such as controlling acne or reducing PMS symptoms.
If you are ready to explore birth control options, contact our team at Primary Care Joliet. We have providers that can perform women’s wellness exams and provide advice on contraceptives. To make an appointment, call one of our medical centers in Joliet or Wilmington, IL. Our staff will schedule your visit for a birth control consultation.