For routine services such as birth control counseling and annual well-woman exams, many women choose to see their family physician instead of a gynecologist. Sheryl Simpson, DO, and the compassionate team at Howell Family Care offer birth control and other women’s health services at their office in Howell, Michigan. To schedule your appointment, call or book online today.
If you’re sexually active and don’t want to get pregnant, birth control is the answer. Birth control includes any type of medicine or device that prevents pregnancy. Though Dr. Simpson isn’t a gynecologist, she can help you decide which birth control method is best for you.
There are many different options when it comes to birth control, ranging from temporary to permanent, such as male or female sterilization. Methods of contraception include:
Long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARC) methods: These options include intrauterine devices (IUDs) and hormonal implants. Aside from sterilizations, LARC methods are the most reliable and effective forms of birth control, preventing pregnancy 99% of the time. LARC methods are also the easiest to use since you don’t need to remember anything every day or month. Once inserted, LARCs prevent pregnancy from 3-10 years, depending on the method.
Short-acting hormonal methods: These include the pill, patch, vaginal ring, or birth control shot. Dr. Simpson prescribes these hormonal medicines for you, then you need to use them every day (the pill) or month (patch and ring) to prevent pregnancy. The shot lasts three months.
Other methods: Other methods, such as avoiding sex during the days you’re most fertile or using condoms, don’t require a prescription. However, these methods are the most difficult to manage and the least effective at preventing pregnancy.
But, condoms are the only birth control option that protects against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and can be used in combination with any other form of contraceptive.
If you’re considering sterilization, Dr. Simpson can discuss this permanent form of birth control with you before referring you to a gynecologist that can perform the procedure.
If you want a reversible form of birth control that requires a prescription, Dr. Simpson can help. Although she isn’t an OB/GYN, Dr. Simpson’s training as a family physician covers gynecological care for women of all ages, from adolescents through menopausal adults.if
For birth control counseling, Dr. Simpson first performs a physical exam and review of your medical history. Then, she discusses the best options for birth control based on your unique needs. She may cover information such as:
Whether you may want to get pregnant soon, or in a few years
The type of methods you feel comfortable with
Possible side effects and how they impact your overall health
No one method of birth control is best for every woman. To find out what type of birth control works for you, call Howell Family Care, PLLC or book an appointment online today.