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Birth Control Specialist

Martin, Lee & Page OBGYN

OBGYNs located in Memphis, TN

Choosing a birth control method sounds simple, but it’s important to consider when you’ll want to have children, whether you’re more comfortable with a specific type of contraceptive, and a number of other life factors. The doctors at Martin, Lee & Page OBGYN provide the information, guidance, and medical care you need to make the best birth control decision. Call or use the online booking agent to schedule an appointment to get birth control at the Memphis, Tennessee, office.

Birth Control Q & A

What are comprehensive family planning services?

Birth control is a key element of family planning, as it aids in planning the number of children you’ll have and when you’ll get pregnant. But there’s more to family planning than just birth control.

Comprehensive family planning incorporates other factors that influence your chance of conceiving and delivering a healthy baby. Many women put off having babies until they’re older, so it’s important to know that after the age of 35, your chance of getting pregnant begins to decline. If you want a family and you’re approaching 35, it’s time to make a plan.

The team at Martin, Lee & Page OBGYN offer preconception counseling, which is another vital element of family planning. When you schedule a preconception counseling checkup, your doctor looks for any health and lifestyle concerns that might negatively affect a future pregnancy and the health of your baby. This gives you time to get problems under control before getting pregnant.

What should you consider when choosing birth control?

When deciding which type of birth control to use, you’ll need to consider each method’s effectiveness:

  • Intrauterine devices: nearly 100% effective
  • Sterilization: nearly 100%
  • Hormones (pills, injections, pellets, ring, or patch): 91-94%
  • Diaphragms: 88%
  • Male condoms: 82%
  • Female condoms: 79%
  • Sponges: 76-88%

Your doctor can help with some decisions based on your medical history and pelvic exam. You can also count on getting a full explanation of any side effects that may be relevant to your health.

Other factors are more personal. You’ll want to think about when you’ll want children, because some methods can be reversed more quickly than others when you’re ready to conceive. It’s also a good idea to consider issues like whether you’ll remember to insert a barrier method every time you have sex or whether you’d prefer not to use hormones.

What types of birth control are available?

After you have a pelvic exam and talk with the staff at Martin, Lee & Page OBGYN, you’ll have access to all types of birth control, including:

  • Intrauterine devices
  • Oral contraceptives
  • Hormone patches
  • Hormone shots
  • Birth control implants, including NexplanonⓇ
  • Diaphragms
  • Vaginal ring

If you’re finished having children, you may also opt for various methods of permanent birth control. No matter your stage of life, your doctor at Martin, Lee & Page OBGYN has the expertise to help guide your birth control decision.