If you’re sexually active and want to prevent pregnancy, you need to use birth control. Board-certified OB/GYN Brian A. Levitt, MD, and his team of women’s health experts offer a wide variety of birth control options at their practices in Snellville and Suwanee, Georgia. To find out what type of birth control is right for you, call or book an appointment online.
Birth control, or contraception, includes any method, medicine, or device that helps you prevent pregnancy. There are many different kinds of birth control available, some of which are more effective at preventing pregnancy than others.
Some forms of birth control, such as the pill, work by releasing hormones. Other types, such as the copper IUD, prevent pregnancy without hormones. Certain forms of birth control are permanent, while others can be reversed if you decide to have children in the future.
Dr. Levitt and his knowledgeable team work with you to discover the best birth control method for your lifestyle.
Dr. Levitt and his team offer a broad spectrum of birth control options, including:
Pills release hormones that prevent pregnancy and must be taken every day. Dr. Levitt offers both combined progestin/estrogen pills and progestin-only pills.
An intrauterine device (IUD) is a tiny, T-shaped appliance that Dr. Levitt inserts into your uterus. You can get either a plastic IUD that releases hormones or a non-hormonal copper IUD. Once inserted, IUDs prevent pregnancy for 3-10 years, depending on the type.
IUDs are 99% effective and require no action from the user, making them one of the easiest and most dependable forms of reversible birth control.
Similar to the IUD, implants are another highly effective and long-acting form of reversible birth control. Dr. Levitt inserts the birth control implant beneath the skin in your arm, where it continuously releases hormones that prevent pregnancy.
Progestin injections prevent you from ovulating for up to three months. For ongoing birth control, you must return every 13 weeks for a new shot.
Instead of taking a pill every day, you can insert a flexible ring inside your vagina and replace it every month.
With so many options, it may seem overwhelming to decide on the best birth control method for your needs. Dr. Levitt and his team discuss the benefits and risks involved with different types of birth control and help you choose the right type for your lifestyle.
For more information on birth control, call or book an appointment online.