At Promised Land Women's Center in Atlanta, Georgia, the expert OB/GYNS offer birth control patients in the greater Atlanta area to help regulate their menstrual cycles and prevent pregnancy. They offer several options, including pills, intrauterine devices, and tubal ligation. Call Kem Health Obstetrics & Gynecology or make an appointment online for compassionate birth control advice and prescriptions.
The team at Kem Health Obstetrics & Gynecology offers several types of birth control. Some of the most common types of contraceptives include:
There are several different types of birth control pills. Some contain only estrogen, while others combine estrogen and progestin. Depending on the type of pill, it prevents pregnancy by either stopping ovulation or thickening cervical mucus to prevent sperm from entering the womb.
You must take the pill at the same time every day. If you miss a pill or need to take antibiotics or other medications that can interfere with the pill's effectiveness, you should use an additional form of birth control.
A birth control implant is a small device, about the size and shape of a matchstick, that the doctor places under the skin of the inner bicep. The implant slowly releases hormones that prevent ovulation or thicken cervical mucus. The implant is effective for up to three years.
IUDs are small T-shaped devices that the doctor places directly into the uterus. Hormonal IUDs work in the same way as a birth control implant. Non-hormonal IUDs are copper, which repels sperm. Hormonal IUDs are effective for 3-5 years, and a non-hormonal IUD can prevent pregnancy for 10 years. The team offers Mirena®, Skyla®. LILETTA®, and Paragard®.
Patches work similarly to birth control pills. They work by releasing hormones into your bloodstream to prevent your ovaries from releasing an egg. You must wear the patch for 21 days, and you remove the patch during the fourth week.
Known as the birth control ring, this small flexible ring is inserted into your vagina. It releases hormones to stop ovulation and thicken the mucus on your cervix. You must change your ring every month.
Depo-Provera is a contraceptive injection that contains progestin to suppress ovulation. You receive the injection once every three months.
Also known as female sterilization, tubal ligation is a surgical procedure that prevents pregnancy. During the procedure, the fallopian tubes are cut, preventing the egg and sperm from meeting. It’s a form of permanent birth control so you should be sure your family is complete prior to the surgery.
While these birth control options can prevent pregnancy, they don't protect from sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
Hormonal birth control offers many benefits, in addition to preventing pregnancy. It can regulate your menstrual cycle, lighten or eliminate your periods, and reduce menstrual cramping. Some types of birth control can also prevent acne.
The team at Kem Health Obstetrics & Gynecology provides thorough consultations to help you choose the best type of birth control. For example, if you are unlikely to remember to take a pill at the same time every day, one of the long-acting options might be better.
If you have questions about birth control, call Kem Health Obstetrics & Gynecology or make an appointment online today for expert advice.