It’s estimated that over 99% of women in their childbearing years in the United States have used at least one form of birth control. Making the right choice for you and your partner involves careful consideration. The women’s care professionals at Suburban OB/GYN in St. Louis, Missouri, are your best advisers in birth control and family planning. Call or click today to make an appointment.
Since 1982, birth control pills and female sterilization have been the most popular choices of women, accounting for over half of the birth control methods used in the United States. Their use is almost equal with each comprising around 25% of women who use contraception. Male condoms are the third most common form of protection at about 15%, followed by intrauterine devices (IUDs), used by slightly more than 10%.
Other forms of birth control, listed by popularity, include:
Other less popular methods, include:
In the early 1970s, one brand of IUD, the Dalkon Shield, created problems for its users due to its unique design. Despite the fact it was the only IUD that created widespread problems, this class of contraception suffered in public perception.
Today, IUDs are one of the safest long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) methods available. Suburban OB/GYN prescribes all brands of IUDs marketed in the U.S., including ParaGard®, which uses a copper coil instead of hormones to create a toxic environment for sperm in the uterus. This is the obvious choice of LARC if you can’t or choose not to use hormone-based contraception.
Hormone based options include:
Each of these IUDs use their own hormone formulations, so some may be more suited to you than others. Suburban OB/GYN also offers Nexplanon® contraceptive implants as an alternative LARC.
If you’re done having children but not yet menopausal, Suburban OB/GYN offers three permanent sterilization techniques.
A procedure that places a small device in each fallopian tube that permanently blocks the tubes within about three months. This method uses your body’s own openings and no incision is made. This minimally invasive procedure is done away from childbirth and recovery is much faster than the other methods.