Women's Healthcare Center of Georgia
Angela Hudson, MD, FACOG
Gynecologist located in Austell, GA
When it comes to birth control, you have many options, which can make determining the best method for you difficult. At Women’s Healthcare Center of Georgia in Powder Springs, Georgia, women’s health expert, Angela Hudson, MD, can help you navigate through your choices and assist you in deciding which birth control makes the best choice for you. To learn more about your birth control options, call the office or schedule an appointment using the online booking button.
Birth Control Q & A
What are the different types of birth control?
When it comes to preventing pregnancy, you have a number of choices. Dr. Hudson discusses all of your options when you come in for a consultation.
Types of birth control include:
- Sterilization: tubal ligation, fallopian tube blockage (EssureⓇ)
- Long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs): intrauterine device (IUD), implants, injections
- Short-acting hormonal methods: birth control pill or patch, vaginal ring
- Barrier method: diaphragm, cervical cap, condoms
These methods of birth control work by either preventing your body from releasing an egg or preventing sperm from reaching the egg for fertilization. Most birth control options don’t protect you from sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Other than abstinence, condoms (both male and female) offer the best defense against contracting an STD.
How do I decide what type of birth control I need?
Dr. Hudson helps you determine which method of birth control is the best choice for you after a thorough examination, a review of your health and sexual history, and your future pregnancy plans. If you’re over the age of 35 and smoke cigarettes, she recommends you use a nonhormonal method of birth control, such as a barrier method or nonhormonal IUD, to reduce your risk of developing a blood clot.
Are birth control pills safe?
Birth control pills are a safe method of contraception. The birth control pills available today contain very low levels of hormones, making them safer than they were in the past and with fewer side effects. In fact, taking birth control pills may reduce your risk of certain types of cancer. If you have concerns about birth control pills, Dr. Hudson can review all of your options and help you make the best choice that fits your health and contraceptive needs.
What other benefits can I expect when taking birth control?
Birth control offers a number of benefits beyond preventing pregnancy. Dr. Hudson may recommend certain types of birth control as a treatment for various gynecological conditions, such as:
- Heavy bleeding
- Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
- Pain caused by endometriosis
Birth control may also assist in clearing up acne, improving bone health, and treating iron-deficiency anemia.
To learn more about your birth control options, call Women’s Healthcare Center of Georgia, or use the online booking button to schedule an appointment.