Birth Control FAQs

What are some permanent types of birth control?

There are different options for permanent, non-reversible types of birth control. One of these types of permanent birth control is female sterilization. Female sterilization, or tubal occlusion, is a permanent form of birth control, where the fallopian tubes are closed off to prevent the egg from moving down the uterus and block sperm from reaching the egg.

If you are considering permanent birth control, consult with Dr. Hill at your next OB/GYN appointment. He will help you determine what permanent birth control type is right for your body.

What are common birth control side effects?

Since there are many birth control options, side effects vary depending on the type of birth control and the individual.  Some of the most common birth control side effects include:

  • Intermenstrual spotting
  • Nausea
  • Breast tenderness
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Weight gain
  • Mood changes
  • Missed periods
  • Decreased libido

What is birth control?

Birth control is defined as any method to prevent pregnancy. There are many options of birth control methods available, ranging from a pill, condoms, shots and more. Some birth control methods are temporary solutions, while others are permanent and non-reversible.

What are some permanent types of birth control?

There are different options for permanent, non-reversible types of birth control. One of these types of birth control is called Essure. Essure is a permanent, non-reversible, soft and flexible micro-insert birth control inserted into each fallopian tube. The birth control procedure and recovery time are short and generally pain free.

What are other forms of birth control?

There are many birth control options for women. Many of them leave the option of removing or discontinuing use when pregnancy is desired. Here are a few examples of non-permanent birth control:

  • Birth control pills can help prevent pregnancy. They are one of several birth control options and are sometimes referred to as “the pill” or oral contraception.
  • The birth control shot is a birth control method taken once every three months. It is one of several birth control options and is sometimes referred to as a “depo” shot – short for Depo-Provera – the brand name of the medicine in the shot.
  • A contraceptive patch is among many birth control options available. The patch is unique in that it’s applied to the skin, releasing synthetic estrogen and progestin hormones to prevent pregnancy.

What do I do if I experience birth control side effects?

If you experience any side effects from your birth control method, call Associates in Women's Health of the Mahoning Valley to schedule an appointment today. Dr. Hill and Nurse Practitioner Cynthia Daniels can help you decide what birth control method is right for you.

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