Birth Control

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Today, women have many options when it comes to birth control, sometimes making it difficult to decide which option to use. At Louisiana Women’s Healthcare, our team of physicians can help you determine the type of birth control that best fits your stage in life, health issues and reproductive goals.  

What is birth control and how does it work?

Birth control, or contraception, is any way in which you prevent pregnancy. Birth control methods may work in a number of different ways.

  • Barrier methods of birth control get their name because they block sperm from entering your uterus. They don’t rely on hormones or other drugs to prevent pregnancy.  Barrier methods must be used before you have sex. If sperm can’t reach an egg, it can’t be fertilized, and you can’t get pregnant.
  • Hormonal contraceptives work by preventing ovulation so you can’t get pregnant. They also change the cervical mucus to make it more difficult for the sperm to go through the cervix and find an egg.
  • The most common form of permanent birth control for women is called a tubal ligation or having the “tubes tied.” This is a safe and highly effective option for women who wish to prevent pregnancy permanently.

What are the main types of birth control?

The physicians of Louisiana Women’s Healthcare are proud to offer the full range of birth control options to help you make the best choice for your family planning goals.

  • Birth control pill/oral contraceptives
  • Intrauterine device (IUD)
  • Birth control patch
  • Birth control implant
  • Vaginal ring
  • Birth control shot
  • Female condom or diaphragm
  • Cervical cap
  • Birth control sponge
  • Tubal ligation
Some of the most common birth control brands recommended by our physicians include  Mirena®, Skyla®, Kyleena®, Paragard®, Nexplanon®, Depo-Provera®, and NuvaRing®.

How else can I benefit from taking birth control?

You know birth control can help you avoid getting pregnant, but many hormonal birth control methods (the pill, some IUDs, patches, and implants) offer other benefits including:

  • Lighter, more regular periods with less cramping
  • Protection against conditions like PCOS, endometriosis and anemia
  • Prevention of menstrual migraines
  • Clearer skin with less unwanted hair growth
  • Stronger bones
  • Lowers risk of some cancers

Birth control options may offer you some benefits besides pregnancy prevention, but they do not protect you from STDs.

Can taking birth control affect my ability to have babies?

Taking birth control now will not hurt your chance of getting pregnant in the future. All reversible birth control methods will help prevent pregnancy while you’re using them, but none have long-lasting effects on your ability to get pregnant when you stop. 

Birth control options in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Contraception is a highly personal choice, and one that can have a significant bearing on a woman’s future. The physicians at Louisiana Women’s Healthcare are here to help you understand all of your birth control options so that you can make an informed decision.  Schedule a visit with one of our birth control specialists today online, through MyOchsner, or by phone (225) 201-2010.