Contraception and birth control have changed in recent years, and knowing all your options is the best way to make sure you select a method that suits your lifestyle. At Women's Health Specialists, women receive the information and guidance they need to choose the method that works best for them.

What type of birth control should I use?

Choosing a method of contraception is a highly personal decision, and today, there are multiple options to consider. One of the most widely used types of contraception is the birth control pill, which also has a long and established history. Birth control pills require you to remember to take a pill every day, which some women find inconvenient. Other options like the arm implant and IUD are always in place, helping to prevent pregnancy without any need for interaction on the woman's part. And some women prefer diaphragms, which are used only when needed and don't involve ongoing doses of hormones. The best way to know which option is right for you is to discuss all your choices during an office visit so you can weigh the pros and cons of each based on your needs and your lifestyle.

Is there a birth control method that can also prevent STDs?

The only birth control methods that can help prevent STDs are abstinence and condoms, and even then, condoms cannot prevent all types of STDs. Women who are concerned about sexually-transmitted diseases should ask about being tested during their office visit.

How does a diaphragm work?

Diaphragms are designed to fit snugly over the cervix, the opening to the uterus, to prevent sperm from entering. They should be used with a spermicide to help increase their ability to prevent pregnancy. Diaphragms are placed on the cervix prior to intercourse and remain in place for a given period, usually a few hours, after intercourse to ensure no viable sperm enter the uterus once the diaphragm is removed. Diaphragms are fitted in the office to ensure the best fit, and they should be refitted after pregnancy or miscarriage, after significant weight gain, and at other intervals to ensure they still fit properly.

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