As soon as you become sexually active, you should visit a
gynecologist to discuss birth control methods, and receive a pap smear and STD testing.
The birth control method that you choose will depend upon your health,
medical history, lifestyle, and personal preferences. Here is a look at
the most common birth control methods recommended by gynecologists.
Birth Control Pills
Birth control pills are available as a combination pill, progestin-only
pill, or extended-cycle pill. The combination birth control pill contains
estrogen and progestin, is 99% effective at preventing pregnancy, and
must be taken around the same time every day. The progestin-only pill
doesn’t contain estrogen. Gynecologists recommend it for women who
have migraines with aura, diabetes, heart disease, or who smoke or are
at risk for blood clots. The extended-cycle pill allows you to only have
a period every three months.
Vaginal Rings, IUDs, and Implants
If you don’t want to have to remember to take a daily birth control
pill, you can opt for a vaginal ring, IUD, implant, patch, or birth control
shot. Vaginal rings are placed in the vagina for three weeks, and then
removed on week four to stimulate your period. IUDs, or intrauterine devices,
are surgically implanted in the uterus to prevent sperm from reaching
an egg. Implants are placed under the skin of your upper arm, and can
last up to three years.
The Morning After Pill
The morning after pill, also known as emergency contraception or Plan B,
is not a typical birth control method. It is only recommended for occasional
use, if your regular birth control method failed. It must be taken within
72 hours of unprotected sex, and has a 95% success rate if taken within 24 hours.
If you’re interested in learning more about available birth control
methods in Washington, DC, come see us at
Washington Surgi-Clinic. When you make an appointment with one of our caring gynecologists, you
can receive affordable gynecological services in a safe, confidential,
comforting environment. To make an appointment with a gynecologist, call
us today at (202) 659-9403.