If you’re sexually active but don’t want to get pregnant, you can use birth control to prevent pregnancy. Dr. Marc Jean-Gilles and the team at Abundant Life Healthcare in Lawrenceville, Georgia, offer birth control consultations to identify the best form of birth control for you. Call or schedule a consultation online today to learn more about your birth control options.
Birth control prevents pregnancy by stopping fertilization, typically by preventing the egg and sperm from meeting. Dr. Jean-Gilles and the team at Abundant Life Healthcare offer a wide variety of birth control options, including:
An IUD is a small, T-shaped device that Dr. Jean-Gilles places inside your uterus that offers long-term protection against pregnancy. It’s reversible, so when you’re ready to have a baby, the doctor can remove your IUD and you’re immediately fertile again.
IUDs are available in hormonal and non-hormonal forms.
Hormonal IUDs slowly release the hormone progestin, which causes your cervical mucus to become thicker and prevent sperm from reaching the egg. Hormonal IUDs can stay in place for between three and six years (depending on the brand).
A non-hormonal IUD is wrapped with copper wire, which limits sperm mobility and prevents it from reaching the egg. The non-hormonal IUD can stay in place and prevent pregnancy for up to 10 years.
It’s an excellent option for women who don’t react well to the hormones in other birth control options.
Nexplanon is the brand name for the birth control implant. It’s a small, match-shaped stick that Dr. Jean-Gilles can place in the inner side of your bicep. Nexplanon slowly releases hormones to prevent pregnancy for up to three years.
You’ll need to have your implant replaced every three years for continuous protection against pregnancy.
You can typically become pregnant within a week of removing the implant.
Selecting the best birth control is a personal choice. Dr. Jean-Gilles and his team understand that, and so they offer comprehensive counseling services to help you learn about your options and select the birth control that will fit best with your lifestyle.
Call or schedule a consultation online today to learn more about your birth control options.