With so many options for birth control available, it can be challenging for women to make the right choice for them. At Sync Health, Angelia Trujillo, WHNP, offers preconception counseling services to help teens and adult women learn more about their options for pregnancy prevention. Angelia provides popular birth control options like pills, patches, and implants to help you plan the family you want. Nonhormonal methods are also available for women who can’t tolerate hormones. Call the office in Anchorage, Alaska, to schedule a birth control consultation or book an appointment online today.
Birth control (contraception) works in different ways to prevent unintended pregnancy. Methods of birth control include:
Barrier methods of birth control include condoms, sponges, cervical caps, and diaphragms. This type of contraception stops sperm from traveling into the uterus for fertilization.
Short-acting forms of birth control, including pills, injections, or patches, contain hormones that prevent ovulation, so sperm and egg can’t meet for fertilization. This type of birth control offers protection from pregnancy several months at a time.
Long-acting birth controls also use hormones to prevent ovulation but can provide pregnancy protection for 3-10 years. Popular types of long-acting birth control include implants and intrauterine devices (IUDs).
There are also nonhormonal IUDs that use copper to trigger an inflammatory response that’s toxic to sperm and eggs.
Sterilization is a permanent form of birth control that involves a surgical procedure to tie off or destroy a woman’s fallopian tubes, which carry eggs to the uterus for fertilization.
To meet the unique needs of all sexually active teens and adult women, Sync Health offers a wide range of birth control options, including:
Angelia also provides emergency birth control to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex. You must take the pill within five days of having sex to delay ovulation.
There is no one-size-fits-all solution for birth control. To help you find the best option for you, Angelia offers both contraception counseling services as well as preconception counseling. She reviews your medical history, your plans for family, and other factors that influence your birth control choices.
If you’re interested in convenience but want to get pregnant in the near future, you may benefit from birth control pills, patches, or implants. If you don’t plan to have children for some time, you may be a candidate for an IUD.
Women who are starting a new relationship and those with multiple partners should wear condoms during sex, even if they are using other forms of birth control. Besides abstinence, condoms are the only method of protection against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
If you’re going through menopause and experience symptoms because of estrogen loss, you may benefit from birth control. Angelia can recommend a low-dose birth control pill to ease hot flashes, brain fog, vaginal dryness, and other menopause-related symptoms.
To schedule a birth control consultation, call Sync Health or book an appointment online today.