Lake Mary Gynecology
Sonia Enriquez, MD
Gynecologist located in Lake Mary, FL
There’s no shortage of options when it comes to preventing unplanned pregnancy. To help you find the best solution for your goals, trust the expertise of Sonia Enriquez, MD, at Lake Mary Gynecology. From oral contraception to IUDs, Dr. Enriquez offers many different options to suit every lifestyle and goal. To learn more, call the office in Lake Mary, Florida, or use the online scheduling tool.
Contraception Q & A
What types of contraception are there?
Birth control can largely be divided into the following categories:
These methods prevent sperm from reaching, and fertilizing, your eggs, and include options like condoms, diaphragms, IUDs, tubal ligation, and sponges.
With hormonal birth control, you regulate your ovulation to prevent pregnancy. These solutions come in various forms, including pills, patches, injections, implants, IUDs, and vaginal rings.
If you’d prefer a more natural approach to birth control, you can try fertility awareness planning, outercourse, withdrawal, or abstinence.
What are the efficacy rates for birth control?
Contraception has come a long way, and women benefit from exceedingly high efficacy rates. To give you an idea, here’s a look at protection rates for the more popular birth control options:
- Implant: 99%
- IUD: 99%
- Vaginal ring: 91%
- Injections: 94%
- Birth control pill: 91%
- Condoms: 85%
- Tubal ligation: 99%
How do I know which birth control option is right for me?
This is a question only you can answer, but there are some things you should consider. For example, many women choose an IUD because of its ease of use. During an in-office procedure, Dr. Enriquez simply inserts the device and there’s nothing more you need to do (except return for a new one every 5-12 years depending on the type of IUD).
If you’ve decided that you’re done having children, or you don’t want any, tubal ligation is a fairly simple procedure in which Dr. Enriquez ties off your fallopian tubes, offering you lifetime protection.
Many women address two situations at once with their birth control, such as preventing pregnancy and regulating menstrual cycles, using hormonal solutions.
The bottom line is that the choice ultimately comes down to your goals and your lifestyle. Dr. Enriquez is happy to sit down with you to review your choices to ensure that you have all of the information you need in order to make an informed decision.
To explore your contraception options, please call Lake Mary Gynecology or use the online scheduling tool to set up an appointment.