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These days, women have plenty of birth control options available to them. You can even choose to combine different methods for added protection, such as by using a hormonal birth control method and a barrier method. Visit a gynecologist at a women’s clinic to explore the options available to you. Discuss your medical history and personal preferences with the gynecologist to learn which options might be right for you.

Evaluating Your Family Planning Preferences

Consider whether you might like to have children at some point. If you’re positive that you don’t want to have children, you might consider permanent sterilization. This involves blocking the fallopian tubes to prevent sperm from fertilizing eggs. You may choose to freeze your eggs in the event that you change your mind later. If you think you might like children, but you’d like to wait a few years, consider Depo-Provera. Although it’s possible to become pregnant right after this injection wears off, it typically takes a while to conceive after discontinuing it. If you might like to have children sooner than that, a pill or a barrier method might be right for you.

Assessing Your Need for Convenience

Convenience is often a significant factor when making a decision about birth control . Many women find it convenient to take a pill every day, while others worry that they might forget. If you require more convenience than the pill offers, consider using the implant, which lasts up to three years. The injection works for 12 weeks. Intrauterine devices (IUDs) also last a long time.

Protecting Yourself from STDs

Gynecologists often recommend using a barrier method of birth control in addition to your primary method because it’s the only way to prevent sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) – aside from abstinence. Male condoms are effective in safeguarding your health, while female condoms can lower the risk of certain STDs.

When you visit a gynecologist at Washington Surgi-Clinic, you’ll be given all the information you need to make a decision about birth control that is right for you. Our women’s clinic was founded on the principles of providing compassionate, personalized care that upholds each patient’s dignity and privacy. Call (202) 659-9403 to arrange an appointment with a gynecologist to discuss family planning.