Optimal Women's Health
Valerie B. Ginsburg, MD
OBGYN located in Denver, CO
Family planning offers women a chance to shape their lives in a way that is deeply rewarding, and birth control is a tool used to shape your reproductive timeline. Valerie Ginsburg, MD, of Optimal Women's Health in Denver, Colorado, offers personalized birth control counseling to help you find the right method for your needs. Begin today by calling to book a visit, or schedule online.
Birth Control Q&A
What is birth control?
Birth control, or contraception, is the use of medication or devices to prevent a woman from becoming pregnant. It offers you the chance to choose when and how to expand your family in a manner that aligns with your goals.
Never before have women had so many choices when it comes to birth control methods. In fact, the sheer volume of options can feel overwhelming. Dr. Ginsburg works closely with you to help you find the right choice for your body and lifestyle.
What are some birth control options?
Birth control methods can be grouped into hormonal and barrier options. Each method offers distinct pros and cons.
Hormonal birth control
These methods work by altering your hormonal balance to prevent pregnancy. Some options include:
- Birth control pills
- Birth control patches
- Birth control implants
- Birth control injections
- Intrauterine device (IUD)
- Vaginal ring
For many women, hormonal birth control methods also dramatically reduce menstrual bleeding and cramping.
Barrier birth control
As the name implies, barrier methods prevent pregnancy by creating a physical barrier between sperm and egg. Some options include:
- Male condoms
- Female condoms
- Cervical caps
- Birth control sponge
There are also nonhormonal IUD options made of copper that create a uterine environment that is inhospitable to pregnancy. Spermicide can be incorporated with barrier methods to provide further protection.
Which birth control methods are right for me?
Every woman is unique, and your needs won’t be the same as those of a friend or even a close female relative. Dr. Ginsburg works with you to help you decide which option is right for you.
For example, if you suffer from heavy periods and don’t want to worry about taking a pill every day, the NexplanonⓇ birth control implant might be a great fit. If you have multiple partners and are concerned about also protecting against sexually transmitted disease, male or female condoms are a great option.
It’s important to note that the only way to prevent 100% of unwanted pregnancies is to refrain from all sexual intercourse. However, choosing a method that’s right for you and learning how to use birth control effectively can provide great protection against unwanted pregnancy.
To explore the options, call Optimal Women’s Health today, or book online in just moments.