If you’re trying to avoid pregnancy, there are many effective and easy-to-use birth control methods available. At Dakota Women’s Clinic in Mitchell, South Dakota, OB/GYN Michael R. Krause, DO, and nurse practitioner Michele Peitz can help you decide which option best fits your unique lifestyle. To find out which birth control method is right for you, call or book an appointment online today.
Birth control, or contraception, refers to a group of methods that aim to prevent pregnancy. Different birth control methods achieve this goal in various ways. Some types rely on hormones that prevent a woman’s ovaries from releasing eggs, while others block sperm from reaching her eggs.
Dr. Krause and Michele offer a variety of different birth control methods depending on your unique needs. Some of the most common types of birth control include:
You’ve probably heard of the pill before. This popular birth control method involves taking a small pill containing hormones every day. The hormones in the pill stop your ovaries from releasing eggs, preventing pregnancy.
The pill is 99% effective with perfect use, but more like 91% effective with typical use. Forgetting to take a pill, or not taking it at the same time every day, can decrease the effectiveness of this birth control method.
Preventing pregnancy with birth control pills only lasts as long as you take the medication. If you decide to get pregnant in the future, talk to Dr. Krause or Michele about when to stop taking birth control pills.
Intrauterine devices, or IUDs, are small, T-shaped appliances that fit inside your uterus. There are different types of IUDs that work in different ways. One type releases hormones, which prevent ovulation just like the pill. The other type releases copper, which prevents sperm from fertilizing your egg.
IUDs are 99% effective at preventing pregnancy and long-acting. They safely work for up to 3-10 years, depending on the type you get.
This method is reversible if you decide to get pregnant.
Sometimes called “getting your tubes tied,” this procedure is a permanent form of birth control. This safe and common surgical procedure prevents pregnancy by blocking off your fallopian tubes, which keeps sperm from reaching your egg.
Tubal ligation is 99% effective at preventing pregnancy and lasts forever. In most cases, this can’t be undone, so it’s important to make sure you’re ready for permanent birth control before considering tubal ligation.
First, Dr. Krause or Michele perform an exam and discuss your lifestyle and sexual history. Depending on whether or not you wish to get pregnant in the future, they suggest the best birth control options for your needs.
For more information on birth control, call Dakota Women’s Clinic or book an appointment online today.