Birth control pills are a highly effective form of birth control and have been used successfully by women throughout the world since the 1960s. However, they are only effective if they are taken regularly. For some women, this can be a problem. For women who travel frequently into different time zones or who are just forgetful when it comes to taking pills, birth control pills may not be the best option.
Fortunately, today there are several different forms of effective birth control that are available for women who do not want the hassle of taking a pill everyday. Your options will depend on whether or not you are finished with childbearing.
If you are finished with childbearing and/or are sure that you do not want to become pregnant in the future, you may want to consider a tubal ligation procedure or Essure®. A tubal ligation is a surgical procedure where a woman’s fallopian tubes are severed and then are cauterized to prevent pregnancy. Essure® is a non-surgical method of permanent birth control that works with your body to provide natural barriers to pregnancy.
If you are planning on becoming pregnant in the future or if you don’t know whether or not you may want to become pregnant in the future, you will want to choose a method of birth control that is not permanent. This may include a diaphragm or an IUD (Intra Uterine Device). There are a variety of diaphragms and IUDs on the market today that offer a reliable method of birth control that is temporary and reversible.
Your Gynecologist can help you determine the best method of birth control to meet your needs as well as your lifestyle. If you would like to get more information about the available options for birth control, please schedule an appointment with a board-certified Gynecologist today.