Women today want an effective birth control option that’s on autopilot. Dr. Okey Okoli, OB/GYN with the Advanced Women’s Center in San Antonio, Texas, is ready to help you select the most appropriate birth control method for you. You have a wide range of short-term and long-term birth control methods to choose from: birth control pills, which also have the advantage of regulating periods if you’re irregular; IUDs, or intrauterine devices, which provide longer-term protection if you’re not ready to have a child; and permanent forms of birth control if you’re finished with childbearing. Call Advanced Women’s Center today or book an appointment online for the most up-to-date birth control information.
The hormones in birth control pills stop ovulation, so there's no egg for the sperm to fertilize. If you don't miss a pill, the method is 99% effective; if you forget to take the pill only once in a while, it's 91% effective. Birth control pills lighten periods and lessen cramps — both great advantages.
There are several types of birth control pills. In some birth control regimens, you only have a period four times a year. Dr. Okoli explains all of the options to you.
An intrauterine device, or IUD, is a small piece of flexible plastic or plastic and copper shaped like a T. During an office visit, Dr. Okoli can insert the IUD into your uterus.
There are two types of IUDs:
Paragard® is the only brand made of plastic and copper wire and is 99% effective. It prevents pregnancy for a long time —10 to 12 years. It’s also the only IUD that doesn’t contain any hormones. The copper in the IUD triggers the immune system and acts as a spermicide.
There are several brands of hormonal IUDs, which contain a synthetic hormone called progestin that prevents pregnancy by increasing mucus on the cervix, blocking the sperm. In some women, these IUDs may also prevent ovulation. Depending on the brand, hormonal IUDs prevent pregnancy for three to six years. Advanced Women’s Center offers Skyla® and Mirena® brands. Mirena prevents pregnancy for up to six years, while Skyla prevents it for three years.
An IUD provides worry-free protection, so you don't have to remember to take a pill every day. When an IUD is inserted correctly by an expert like Dr. Okoli, you don't feel it. Since it's placed in your uterus, you can use tampons during your periods. You can try to get pregnant immediately after Dr. Okoli removes the IUD.
Nexplanon® is a small implant that Dr. Okoli place in your arm that releases a low dose of hormones, preventing the ovaries from releasing eggs. It is effective for up to three years.
If you are through with childbearing or are sure you do not want children, Advanced Women’s Center also offers a permanent birth control option. Essure® is an insert that Dr. Okoli places in the fallopian tubes. A barrier forms around the insert, preventing sperm from reaching the eggs.