With so many options for birth control, deciding which method is best for you can seem daunting. Board-certified OB/GYN Lev Kandinov, MD, offers all the most effective birth control options at Aventura OBGYN Specialists in Aventura, Florida. To find the best birth control option for your unique body and lifestyle, call the office or schedule an appointment online.
Birth control, or contraception, refers to any medicine, device, or method that prevents pregnancy. If you're sexually active and don’t want to have children or want to wait to start a family at a later time, birth control can help.
At Aventura OBGYN Specialists, Dr. Kandinov offers the full spectrum of birth control methods, from pills to IUDs. During your appointment, Dr. Kandinov discusses the best methods for your particular needs and helps you choose the right type of birth control for you.
Common types of birth control include:
All the methods listed above are reversible, which means you can get pregnant in the future after you stop using it. If you’re absolutely sure you want to prevent pregnancy permanently, you may want to consider tubal ligation (female sterilization).
Most types of birth control, including the pill, release hormones that prevent a man’s sperm from fertilizing your egg. Without fertilization, pregnancy can’t occur.
If you prefer not to take hormones, Dr. Kandinov also offers the copper IUD. Copper is toxic to sperm, so this device also prevents them from fertilizing an egg.
Although these methods of birth control help to prevent pregnancy, they don’t protect you against STDs. For STD protection, you must use a latex condom or internal condom every time you have sex.
The effectiveness of birth control depends on correct use. If you accidentally forget to take a pill or apply your patch a day late, that decreases the effectiveness of that method. The only form of birth control that’s 100% effective is abstinence, but others come close.
The IUD, implant, and sterilization are all 99% effective. Birth control pills, rings, and patches are 91% effective.
IUDs and implants are considered get-it-and-forget-it birth control. After Dr. Kandinov inserts your IUD or implant, these methods don’t require any action from you.
To discover your options for birth control, call Aventura OBGYN Specialists or book an appointment online.