Contraception Birth Control Specialist

Marina OB/GYN

OB-GYNs & Cosmetic Gynecologists located in Marina Del Rey, CA & Hawthorne, CA

When it comes to birth control, there’s an abundance of options available to you. The knowledgeable providers at Marina OB/GYN in Marina Del Rey and Hawthorne, California, help you choose the right type of birth control for your needs. To learn more about birth control, call the clinic nearest you or book an appointment online today.

Contraception Birth Control Q & A

What is birth control?

Birth control empowers you to choose when and if you want to have a baby. Also called contraception, birth control refers to any device, medication, or method that prevents pregnancy. If you’re sexually active and don’t want to get pregnant, you need to use some type of birth control.

What are some different types of birth control?

There are many forms of birth control available. Some are easier to use and more effective than others. The team at Marina OB/GYN offers many methods of birth control, including:

Short-acting hormonal methods

These include hormonal medications or devices you use every day, such as the pill, or every month, such as the patch or vaginal ring. This also includes the birth control shot, which you need to get once every three months. 

Long-acting reversible contraceptives

Long-acting reversible contraceptives, or LARC methods, include intrauterine devices (IUDs) and birth control implants. After you get an IUD or implant inserted, you don’t have to worry about contraception for 3-10 years, depending on the type.  

Male and female sterilization

Sterilization provides permanent birth control through surgical or medical procedures like tubal ligation for women and vasectomy for men. These procedures are very effective and difficult to reverse if you change your mind later.

Barrier methods

Barrier methods are available over-the-counter and include condoms, sponges, and diaphragms. These are less effective than other types, but readily available in stores. 

It’s important to keep in mind that most birth control methods don’t protect you from sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). The only way to prevent STDs is to use a latex condom every time you have sex.

How do I know what birth control method is best for me?

There is no one best type of birth control for every person. Your Marina OB/GYN provider discusses the best options for you based on a variety of factors, including your overall health and desire to have children in the future. They explain the risks and benefits of each birth control option so you can make an informed decision.

If you have questions about birth control, call Marina OB/GYN or book an appointment online today.