Birth Control

West Coast Obstetrics & Gynecology -  - OB/GYN

West Coast Obstetrics & Gynecology

OB/GYNs located in Bradenton, FL

The type of birth control you choose isn’t an easy decision. The team of OB/GYNs at West Coast Obstetrics & Gynecology in Bradenton, Florida, can help you evaluate what type works best for you depending on your health, family planning concerns, and sexual behavior. Call the office or book an appointment online to learn about your contraception options.

Birth Control Q & A

West Coast Obstetrics & Gynecology

What Should Be Considered When Evaluating Birth Control Methods?

Every woman has different needs and priorities when deciding on a birth control method. Things to consider include:

  • The frequency of sexual intercourse
  • Number of sexual partners
  • Whether you want to get pregnant now, later, or never
  • Your lifestyle habits


Also, consider the effectiveness of each method and whether you’re comfortable with the delivery. For example, be realistic in understanding if you can remember to take a pill every day.

What Types of Birth Control are Available?

Numerous types of birth control are available and include intrauterine devices (IUDs), pills, patches, sterilizations, and barrier methods. Discuss with your OB/GYN at West Coast Obstetrics & Gynecology your needs and to learn which option might be best for you. Many methods, such as an IUD or pill, are exceptionally effective at preventing pregnancy but don’t protect you from STDs.

What are the Benefits of Hormonal Birth Control?

Hormonal birth control includes IUDs, the pill, patch, shots, and vaginal rings. Hormonal regulation of your fertility has benefits beyond just preventing an unwanted pregnancy. You may be pleased to experience:

  • Less acne
  • Fewer menstrual cramps
  • Lighter periods
  • Decreased risk of certain cancers, pelvic inflammatory disease, and iron-deficiency anemia


Your OB/GYN at West Coast Obstetrics & Gynecology may recommend you go on hormonal birth control if you have endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), or ovarian cysts.

What Types of Birth Control Protect Against STDs?

The only types of birth control that may keep you from contracting a sexually transmitted disease are male and female condoms. Condoms, however, aren’t as effective as other methods in preventing pregnancy.

The best option to prevent STDs and pregnancy is to use a condom in conjunction with a more reliable method, such as a pill, patch, or intrauterine device.

What Should I Be Aware of When Choosing Birth Control?

Some birth control methods work immediately, such as IUDs and condoms. Other methods require several weeks to become effective. Until a method becomes effective, you should always use a backup method just in case, such as condoms.

To learn more about your options for birth control, call West Coast Obstetrics & Gynecology or book an appointment online.

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