Birth Control Specialist

My Urgent Care Clinic

Urgent Care located in Boerne, TX

If you’re sexually active, using birth control is one of the most effective ways to prevent an unplanned pregnancy. To find contraception that works well for you, it’s important to consider your age, medical history, and current health, among other factors. The team of women’s health experts at My Urgent Care Clinic in Boerne, Texas, can help you understand your options so you can find the method that best fits your life. To learn more, call or book your appointment online today.

Birth Control Q & A

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What forms of birth control are available?

There are a wide range of different types of birth control, each of which comes with its own benefits, drawbacks, and rate of effectiveness. The four main categories of contraception are:

  • Hormonal methods: This method uses hormones to prevent ovulation so eggs can’t be fertilized. The pill, shot, vaginal ring, and contraceptive patch are the main types of hormonal contraception. When used correctly, birth control pills and other hormonal methods are over 90% effective.
  • Barrier methods: Barrier contraception prevents sperm from entering the uterus. Options include male condoms, female condoms, contraceptive sponges, spermicides, diaphragms, and cervical caps. Although barrier methods are less effective on their own, they can provide added protection when used in combination with another method. Condoms are also the only form of birth control that help protect against sexually transmitted diseases.
  • Emergency contraception: A copper IUD and emergency contraceptive pills are the two methods used to help prevent pregnancy in the hours following unprotected sex or condom breakage.

What is permanent birth control?

For women who are done having children or don’t ever want to have them, permanent birth control, also known as sterilization, can be an ideal option.

Permanent contraception can be done surgically, with a tubal ligation that either ties or seals off your fallopian tubes, or non-surgically, with an implant that permanently blocks your fallopian tubes.

Which birth control method is right for me?

When contemplating your birth control options, you’ll want to consider your:

  • Age, health, and medical history
  • Level of comfort with the method
  • Sexual activity and number of partners
  • Future family planning desires

Your doctor at My Urgent Care Clinic in Boerne, Texas, can help you understand the advantages and drawbacks of each type of birth control so you can choose the method that best meets your personal needs. To find out more, call the office or book an appointment online today.