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Birth Control

Ideal Gynecology, LLC

Women’s Health Practitioners located in McDonough and Atlanta, GA serving Stockbridge, Conyers, Locust Grove, Hampton, Covington, Jackson, Buckhead, Vinings, Smyrna, Roswell, Alpharetta, Midtown, and Sandy Springs, GA

Birth control enables you to choose when or if to have a baby, putting you in charge of your fertility. If you're not sure which method is best, Lillian Schapiro, MD, Kristan Adams, MD, and Kathryn Garren, WHNP, at Ideal Gynecology, LLC, in Georgia can help. They have extensive experience advising women on their birth control choices and placing devices such as IUDs. Call the Atlanta or McDonough, Georgia office of Ideal Gynecology, LLC, today for more information or use the online form to book an appointment.

Birth Control Q & A

What is birth control?

Birth control is about planning pregnancy for the time in your life that's best for you, rather than leaving it to chance.

There are many types of contraception available.

What is hormonal birth control?

Hormonal methods of birth control alter the balance of chemical messengers called hormones in your body.

Birth control pills

Birth control pills are popular and well-tolerated by most women. They work by stopping your body from ovulating. As well as preventing pregnancy, birth control pills regulate your periods and reduce bleeding and pain. Other benefits include:

  • Elimination of mittelschmerz (pain with ovulation) 
  • Prevention of ovarian cysts 
  • Control of menstrual migraines 
  • Improvement in acne symptoms


Any mild side effects you might experience, like headaches, nausea, irregular bleeding, and bloating, usually disappear after a month or two. A swollen leg or breathing difficulties might indicate a blood clot in your leg (DVT) or lung (pulmonary embolism), which requires urgent medical attention.

NEXPLANON

NEXPLANON is a rod containing progesterone that prevents ovulation. It goes into the skin on your arm and lasts for three years.

NuvaRing®

NuvaRing is a flexible ring that fits inside your vagina. After three weeks, you remove the ring, usually have a period, then put in a new one.

IUD (intrauterine device)

An IUD is a form of long-acting reversible contraception (LARC). 

One form of the IUD contains the progesterone hormone, which stops your uterine lining from developing. As a result, you have very light periods or sometimes no periods after the initial settling down phase. IUDs provide protection for three or more years after insertion. IUD's come in different sizes and with different amounts of progesterone. Come talk to us about which IUD might be right for you.

As well as hormonal IUDs, you can also get copper IUDs, which damage the sperm before they can get to your egg. Copper IUDs can last for 10 years.

What are barrier methods of birth control?

Barrier methods of birth control physically stop your partner's sperm from reaching your egg, so fertilization can't take place. Barrier methods include:

Condoms

Ideal Gynecology, LLC, highly recommends using condoms during sex. Condoms are relatively low cost and easy to find, and you don't need a prescription for them. Most importantly, they're the only form of birth control that also helps prevent sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

To find out which birth control method is the best fit for your needs, call Ideal Gynecology, LLC, today or book an appointment online.