Birth Control

Oak Hills Women's Center, P.A. -  - OB-GYN

Oak Hills Women's Center, P.A.

OB-GYNs located in San Antonio, TX

Choosing a birth control option is a very personal process. Many options exist and which one is best for you depends on your family planning goals and sexual activity. At Oak Hills Women’s Center, P.A., the expert OB/GYNs can help you understand the pros and cons of each method so you can make an informed decision. Women in San Antonio, Texas, and the surrounding area should call the office or book an appointment online to learn about the different birth control options and get protection today.

Birth Control Q & A

Oak Hills Women's Center, P.A.

What are the purposes of birth control?

Birth control has an obvious purpose: to prevent pregnancy. But, many methods can offer additional benefits, including:

  • Reduced period cramps
  • Management of irregular bleeding
  • Acne prevention
  • Some protection against sexually transmitted disease

 

Each type of birth control has its own set of advantages. At Oak Hills Women’s Center, P.A., the team wants you to understand your options and make an informed choice as to what’s right for you and your body.

What should I consider when choosing a birth control method?

No one birth control method is right for all women. When weighing your birth control options, ask yourself several questions. The questions the doctors at Oak Hills Women’s Center, P.A. help you consider include:

  • How effective is the method?
  • What are the side effects?
  • Is it convenient?
  • Do I need protection against sexually transmitted diseases?
  • How soon do I want a family, or do I want a family?

 

Also, it might be good to consider both partners in your decision. You must also consider your health history and whether the method is safe for you.

What types of birth control are available?

Birth control prevents pregnancy using several different methods. These include:

  • Barrier methods to block the sperm and egg from meeting, including male and female condoms, diaphragm, and cervical cap
  • Hormonal methods that include birth control pills, contraceptive implants, injections, and patches
  • Intrauterine devices, including the copper IUD and hormonal IUD
  • Sterilization through hysterectomy or vasectomy
  • Natural family planning such as the rhythm method or observation of cervical mucus

 

Emergency contraception is also an option in cases in which your primary method of birth control may have failed or you had unprotected sex.

What permanent birth control options are available?

If you do not plan on having any more children, permanent birth control is an option. The providers at Oak Hills Women’s Center, P.A. are skilled in performing a hysterectomy or other laparoscopic surgeries to provide permanent birth control solutions.

Call Oak Hills Women’s Center, P.A. or book an appointment online to discuss your birth control options and determine which one is best for you.