Birth Control

Women For Women OBGYN

OBGYNs located in Chicago, IL

With dozens of birth control options available, the one you choose really depends on your lifestyle and family plans. At Women for Women OBGYN, SC in Chicago, Kornelia Krol, MD, offers a variety of methods and can talk you through each of the options. Call her office or book an appointment online to get your birth control squared away and be protected.

Birth Control Q & A

What should I consider when deciding on birth control methods?

Not every type of birth control is right for every woman. Ask yourself the following questions when deciding on a method:

  • Do I want children one day? If so, when?
  • How often do I have sex?
  • Do I need protection from sexually transmitted diseases?
  • Do I have other health issues that may affect my choice?

Also consider the method’s effectiveness in preventing pregnancy, how comfortable and convenient it is, and whether it complies with your moral practices.

What types of birth control are available?

Birth control options fall into several categories. These are:

  • Barrier methods, such as condoms, that prevent the sperm from reaching the egg
  • Hormonal methods, that include the pill and contraceptive implant (Nexplanon®) which prevent an egg from being released each month
  • Intrauterine devices, such as the copper or hormonal IUD, which alter the lining of your uterus or thicken cervical mucus so the sperm cannot travel
  • Sterilization methods, such as tubal ligation or Essure®, which surgically and permanently prevent pregnancy
  • Natural family planning, such as the rhythm method, which involves monitoring on your part

The most effective methods are IUDs, sterilization, and hormonal options. Barrier methods and natural family planning tend to have lower effectiveness in preventing pregnancy.

What birth control protects against sexually transmitted diseases?

Only male and female condoms offer protection against sexually transmitted diseases. These methods are less reliable in preventing pregnancy than other methods, however. If you have multiple partners, or your partner does, it’s a good idea to use dual protection – a condom along with a reliable method of birth control, such as the pill or an IUD.

What is an IUD?

An IUD, or intrauterine device, is implanted in your uterus to prevent pregnancy. The device may provide protection for three to 10 years, depending on the type you choose.

The copper IUD, Paragard®, is the longest lasting. It prevents sperm from getting to the egg. Hormonal IUDs make your body less likely to release an egg each month and alter the lining of your uterus so it cannot allow an egg to implant. They also change the nature of your cervical mucus, so it’s hard for sperm to get to the egg.

To discuss your birth control options with Dr. Krol, call the office or book an appointment using the online tool.

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