Birth Control Specialist

Fox Valley Comprehensive Women's Health Care

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Elgin, IL

When choosing a birth control method, it’s critical to consider many factors, including convenience, your family-planning goals, and your health. At Fox Valley Comprehensive Women’s Health Care located in Elgin, Illinois, OB/GYNs Dr. Rachel Kulsak and Dr. Pamorn Kulsak help you weigh all your birth control options. Call the office or book an appointment online to learn about the pros and cons of various forms of birth control.

Birth Control

What should I consider when choosing a birth control method?

When choosing a birth control method, several important factors affect your decision because birth control can affect your quality of life and family planning goals.

When considering what birth control to choose, ask Dr. Rachel or Pamorn Kulsak about the following:

  • The effectiveness of each method
  • Convenience
  • Length of protection
  • Side effects
  • Comfort
  • How the method may affect sexual sensation

You should also consider whether you’re able to take a pill every day or are comfortable inserting a device into your vagina. Also, ask yourself whether you need protection against sexually transmitted diseases.

There are many options for birth control because women have different needs. The doctors at Fox Valley Comprehensive Women’s Health Care help you determine the factors are most important to you.

What are the types of birth control?

Birth control methods work in a variety of ways to prevent pregnancy:

  • Hormonal methods: for example, the pill and vaginal ring, which prevent your ovaries from releasing eggs
  • Barrier methods: such as condoms and diaphragms, which prevent sperm from reaching an egg
  • Intrauterine devices: IUDs that release hormones or copper
  • Natural methods: fertility awareness and withdrawal, requiring monitoring of your cycle

All these birth control options are effective at preventing pregnancy, but not all are right for every woman. Sterilization is also an option for men and women.

Which birth control methods are most effective?

Drs. Rachel and Pamorn Kulsak find women have the most success in preventing pregnancy with the pill, vaginal rings, or an IUD. Male and female condoms, however, are the only birth control methods that offer some protection against sexually transmitted infections.

With the pill, you must remember to take it daily to enjoy its 91% effective rate. IUDs provide birth control for three to seven years, depending on the type you choose and are 99% effective in preventing pregnancy.

The ring is also 91% effective. To use the ring properly, you must remember to insert the ring into your vagina once a month for three weeks, then take it out for the last week of the month.

To learn more about how to select the appropriate birth control method for your needs, call Fox Valley Comprehensive Women’s Health Care or book an appointment online.

*Individual results may vary