Are you trying to prevent an unwanted pregnancy and need help deciding which birth control method is best for you? Amy Bruner, MD, is an experienced gynecologist in Portland, Oregon, who specializes in blending the most advanced techniques in women’s health with a holistic approach. Call or make an appointment online to visit this patient-focused doctor and learn more about your options for birth control.
For the most part, there are five types of birth control:
Dr. Bruner listens carefully to your birth control preferences and needs to pick the best type of contraception for your lifestyle.
A safe and cost-effective option for birth control is the pill. Taken orally, it has hormones that stop your ovulation. When you don’t ovulate, no egg is available for the sperm to fertilize. The pill doesn’t protect you from sexually transmitted diseases, so you still need to use condoms. It is important to take your pill at the same time every day to consistently protect yourself. If you forget, you run the risk of an accidental pregnancy.
It is easy to forget to take your birth control pill. Some suggestions to remember are:
Most pills are arranged in their packaging by days of the month, so it is obvious if you miss a day. Dr. Bruner can go over what to do if you forget to take a pill.
An IUD, or intrauterine device, is a small, T-shaped device that Dr. Bruner inserts into your uterus. There are two types, hormonal IUDs, and copper IUDs. Both last for a long time, usually from three to ten years. Hormonal IUDs work by increasing the mucus that is in your cervix, making it difficult for the sperm to reach the egg while simultaneously blocking ovulation. Copper wire coiled around the device produces an inflammatory reaction that is toxic to sperm and eggs (ova), preventing pregnancy. While an IUD can last for years, you can have it removed if you decide you want to get pregnant.
Amy Bruner, MD, brings up-to-date birth control methods and practices to the women of Portland, Oregon. Book online or call for an appointment to choose the best contraception for you.