Birth control enables women to control their reproductive lives and plan when or if they want to become mothers. In Fort Worth, Texas, Jennifer C. Brooks, MD, offers personalized birth control counseling to women of all ages and can help you find the method that’s right for you and your family. Online scheduling makes it easy to find an appointment that fits your busy schedule, or you’re always welcome to call and check availability.
When it comes to family planning options, women have more choices today than ever before. Choice is a good thing, but it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the sheer volume of available options. It might help to think of birth control options in two categories: hormonal and barrier methods.
Hormonal birth control options work by altering your hormonal balance to decrease the chances of becoming pregnant. Options include:
Barrier methods work by preventing sperm from reaching your eggs. Options include:
Finding the right method may take some trial and error, but Dr. Brooks guides you toward the methods that are best suited for your needs. Most options are available directly from Dr. Brooks, and she can provide a referral if you prefer the birth control implant.
The right birth control option depends on your family planning needs, as well as your overall lifestyle. For example, if you know you’ll struggle to take a birth control pill at the same time every day, an option that requires less vigilance, like an injection or implant, might be a better fit.
If you’re having sex with more than one partner, a combination of condoms and spermicide offers birth control and a degree of protection against STDs. Both male and female condoms are very effective when used properly and during every sexual encounter.
If you and your partner are unsure about when you’d like to start or add to your family, there are birth control choices that are swiftly and easily reversed, restoring fertility in a short period of time.
Emergency contraception is used to protect against pregnancy in the event of unprotected sex. There are several different options, all of which come in pill form. You may or may not need a prescription, and it’s important to follow the instructions to ensure the medication works as intended.
If you’ve experienced a broken condom or any other form of unprotected sex, Dr. Brooks provides full screening for STDs. The results can provide significant peace of mind or let you know that treatment is needed.
If you’re thinking about trying a new form of birth control and want to learn more about your options, book a visit with Dr. Brooks today. You can set up your appointment online or by phone.