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Birth Control Specialist

Ob-Gyne Associates of Lake Forest, Ltd

OB-GYNs & Women's Health located in Lake Forest, IL & Grayslake, IL

Your decision as to what type of birth control to use is personal. The expert practitioners at Ob-Gyne Associates of Lake Forest, Ltd. help you understand your options and offer prescription or insertion if required. If you live in the Lake Forest or Grayslake, Illinois, area and are looking for caring, compassionate, and expert OB/GYNs, contact the friendly, helpful office staff for the best in birth control counseling and management. Call either office or book an appointment online today.

Birth Control Q & A

What are my birth control options?

So many options are available when it comes to birth control. The four major categories include:

  • Barrier methods, including condoms and diaphragms, stop sperm from meeting the egg.
  • Hormonal methods, including the pill and the implant Nexplanon®, halt ovulation so no egg is released.
  • Intrauterine devices, include the copper and hormonal IUD, are inserted into your uterus to change your hormones or repel sperm.
  • Natural methods, including cervical mucus monitoring, call for you to avoid intercourse on your most fertile days.

If you’re sure you’re done with having a family, you may opt for permanent options, such as vasectomy (male) or tubal ligation.

What factors determine the best birth control for me?

Yes, you should consider birth control’s effectiveness, but other factors are also important. Think about:

  • Reversibility
  • Convenience
  • Your level of sexual activity
  • Effectiveness
  • Comfort
  • Side effects

Other considerations include your partner’s comfort, your moral beliefs, and your health history. The doctors at Ob-Gyne Associates of Lake Forest, Ltd. can help you navigate all these questions to settle on the right method for you.

What birth control methods protect against sexually transmitted disease?

The only way to protect yourself against sexually transmitted disease (besides monogamy or abstinence) is with male or female condoms. 

Condoms aren’t the most reliable when it comes to preventing pregnancy, however, so it’s best to use dual protection in these cases. Use a reliable birth control method, such as the pill or an IUD, to prevent pregnancy along with condoms to help guard against disease.

Do I need a prescription for birth control?

Not all methods of birth control require a prescription. You can obtain condoms, spermicides, and sponges in many drug stores. The emergency contraceptive pill is also available without a prescription, but should not be used as a regular form of birth control.

Hormonal methods of birth control do require a prescription. IUDs and hormonal implants are also only available in a doctor’s office.

To learn more about your birth control options, call the office, or schedule an appointment using the online tool.