Birth Control

Birth control is any medication, device, or method that reduces the risk of unintended pregnancy and keeps you in control of your reproductive health and family planning. They know that there are many forms of birth control to choose from, and they’re committed to helping you learn about your options so you can choose the right one. If you’re in the DuPage County area and you’d like to know more about contraception, call or Request your appointment online today.

Birth Control Q & A

Q. What are the most effective forms of birth control ?

The two most effective types of contraception are long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) devices and hormonal methods.

LARC methods include IUDs and implants. An IUD is a T-shaped device that’s inserted into your uterus to prevent sperm from reaching an egg. An implant is a tiny, flexible rod that’s placed in your upper arm, where it releases hormones that prevent ovulation.

Advantage Health Care provides some of the best LARC devices:

ParaGard® copper-releasing IUDs, which are over 99% effective for up to 10 years
Mirena® hormone-releasing IUDs, which are over 99% effective for up to five years
Nexplanon® implants, which are 99% effective for up to three years

Hormonal birth control methods prevent your eggs from being released so they can’t be fertilized. The pill, shot, vaginal ring, and contraceptive patch are all forms of hormonal contraception.

Advantage Health Care offers birth control pills as well as NuvaRing®, a hormonal vaginal ring that’s worn for three weeks at a time. When used correctly, birth control pills and the hormonal vaginal ring are about 91% effective.

Q. Does birth control protect against infection ?

Most types of contraception are only effective for preventing pregnancy, not sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Barrier methods are the exception to the rule, however, in that they do offer some protection against STDs with proper use.

Barrier methods prevent sperm from entering your uterus. Male condoms, female condoms, diaphragms, and cervical caps are barrier methods, as are spermicidal foams, sponges, and films.

Male and female condoms, which are often used along with another type of birth control to provide added protection, are only about 80% effective in preventing pregnancy when used alone.

Q. What is emergency birth control ?

Emergency contraception is used to prevent pregnancy in the hours following unprotected sex, birth control failure, or sexual assault. Emergency contraceptive pills and a copper-releasing IUDs are the two most effective methods of emergency birth control.

Although emergency contraception can prevent pregnancy when used in the recommended timeframe, it’s not effective if you’re already pregnant.

Q. How do I choose a birth control method ?

Each type of birth control comes with its own advantages and drawbacks, and what’s right for you now may not be right for you later in life.

Your doctor at Advantage Health Care can help you choose the method that best meets your current needs after considering the following:

Your age, overall health, and medical history
Your level of comfort with the method
Potential side effects
Your future family planning desires
Your sexual frequency and number of partners