Having sex comes with a risk of pregnancy. If you are not ready to get pregnant, using birth control is an effective way to avoid an unplanned pregnancy. Birth control use reduces the need for emergency contraception and pregnancy termination. Using birth control is basic preventive health care that allows you to engage in sexual activity and be in control of your life.
The best type of birth control for you depends on several factors, such as your overall health, lifestyle, and personal preference. Today, there are more birth control options available than ever for women. With so many to choose from, it can be very confusing. Naturally, you will have many questions running through your head that only a doctor can answer, specifically a gynecologist specializing in women’s reproductive health.
A gynecologist can recommend the best birth control method for you. Here are a few tips on how to make the most out of your visit to the gynecologist.
Write down questions you may have about birth control, such as how to properly use it and its benefits and risks as well as failure rate. Birth control may come with side effects which you should know about. With several options available to you, you can ask your doctor for a comparison check and why one is better than the other. The best type of birth control is one that you prefer, and by asking questions, you will make a well-informed decision. There are misconceptions surrounding some forms of birth control, and if you have any concerns, it’s best to discuss them with your gynecologist.
Detail Your Medical History and Lifestyle
There is no single contraception for all, and your doctor will consider your medical history when recommending a birth control method. If you suffer from migraines or have high blood pressure, let your doctor know. Estrogen-containing birth control methods are not the best option for women who have migraines and may increase the risk of thrombosis. Progestin-only birth control may be more appropriate for you. If you smoke, oral contraception may not be right for you, and you may be more suitable for contraceptive injections, the patch, or a vaginal ring. If you have a family history of ovarian cancer, hormonal birth control methods may reduce your risk of contracting it. Also, inform your doctor of any medication and supplements that you are taking. Some forms of birth control can interact with certain medications, vitamins, and supplements.
Get Specific About Your Cycle
To help your doctor determine the best birth control option for you, inform them of your cycle in detail, such as whether you have heavy bleeding, mood swings, severe abdominal cramps, breast tenderness, foggy-brain, and fatigue. If your cycle causes debilitating pain and symptoms, intrauterine devices (IUD) that deliver no estrogen and low levels of progesterone may help improve your symptoms.
When talking to your gynecologist about birth control methods, it’s best to be honest. Your doctor can help you prevent unplanned pregnancies and even improve your monthly-cycle symptoms. However, this is only accomplished through open and transparent communication.
Gynecologist in North Miami, FL
The gynecologists at Levin’s Women’s Health & Wellness Center provide contraception counseling to many patients. From prescription products to permanent procedures, we will recommend the safest and most suitable birth control method for you. We welcome non-English speaking patients: Dr. Daniel Levin is fluent in French, German, Hungarian, and Hebrew and Dr. Joan Alvarez is fluent in Spanish.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Levin or Dr. Alvarez, call (305) 981-0231 or use our online request form. We are proud to offer virtual appointments to our patients.