Trying to decide between the pill, the IUD, the implant, and the many other birth control options available today can get confusing, and that’s why you need a friendly and relatable physician to help. The committed and experienced team of providers at Damon Cobb OB/GYN in Poway, California, is happy to review all birth control options to help you find the one that fits your needs. Book an appointment anytime using the online scheduler or by calling the office today.
Is the birth control pill the best contraception method?
Birth control pill effectiveness can be as high as 99%, so it can be among the best contraception methods. However, it's important to know that optimal effectiveness is only attained with perfect use.
To achieve perfect use, you must take the pill at the same time each day and never miss doses. Average use, which is how most women use the pill, reduces effectiveness to around 91%.
If you’re looking for a contraception method that you never have to worry about, an IUD might be perfect. Both the hormone and the copper versions of IUDs boast greater than 99% effectiveness. Your Damon Cobb OB/GYN provider inserts the IUD in your uterus during an office visit.
The ParaGard® IUD contains copper that’s toxic to sperm. It becomes effective as soon as your doctor inserts it and lasts for up to 10 years, possibly longer.
Hormone IUDs release progestin to prevent pregnancy by thickening your cervix mucus and thinning the uterine lining. They may also prevent ovulation. Hormone IUDs work for 3-5 years. Hormone IUDs inserted within a week of the start of your period go into effect right away. Otherwise, it takes a week to go into effect.
If you choose an IUD, your Damon Cobb OB/GYN provider discusses the benefits and potential drawbacks with you to help you choose the right one for your lifestyle and needs.
The birth control implant, which is a matchstick-sized rod that your doctor places in your upper arm, is over 99% effective in preventing pregnancy. It works for up to three years, and like an IUD, it doesn’t require maintenance from you. The birth control implant releases a steady dose of progestin to prevent pregnancy.
There are a variety of other options, with varying degrees of effectiveness. Options like the birth control patch, vaginal ring, and birth control shot are quite effective if you strictly adhere to the optimal use schedule. But, like the birth control pill, average use can drop the effectiveness level considerably.
Your Damon Cobb OB/GYN provider is here to help you find effective birth control that works for your life. Use online booking or call to schedule an appointment to discuss your options.