OB-GYN (Obstetrician-Gynecologist) Questions Contraception

What other options do I have to prevent pregnancy?

I am a newly married woman and we are exercising control so as to avoid the risk of unwanted pregnancy. I am scared to take oral contraceptives because of all of the side effects. Are there any safer options for me aside from condom usage?

10 Answers

An IUD would be very safe and has minimal side effects - it would also be easy to be removed in case you don't like it. There is an IUD that has no hormones called Paragard.
Depoprovera shot a 3 month or intrauterine contraceptive devices hormonal or non hormonal
Use iud
Discuss with your gynecologist

Good luck
Dr. Chaudhury
Good Afternoon,

Great question!

There are many different forms of contraception available for women today. Most are centered around hormonal contraception, either containing estrogen and progesterone (pills, NuvaRing, or patch) but here are also progesterone only available (Nexplanon, Depo shot and IUD). I generally taylor the form of contraception to the individual patient based on their needs and the time frame they want to have birth control. I also like to discuss the patients concerns about side effects of these medications.

As for non-hormonal, there is natural family planning. This includes keeping a menstrual calendar, using barrier protection (the condom use you mentioned) and withdrawal methods. If you living near by McMinnville, TN then please make an appointment and we can discuss together in more detail.

I hope this was helpful, have a great evening and happy new year!

Richard T. Burke, MD
I think you have two options:
1. The nuvaring vaginal contraceptive, which has fewer side effects than oral contraceptives.

2. An intrauterine device, which is highly effective and has no hormonal side effects.

Andy Toledo, MD
There are other forms of birth control, long-term ones; some of shorter duration are the patch, the IUD, depoprovera are some of the short-term ones.
There are many forms of contraception available including intrauterine devices and progestin only methods, but birth control pills (bcp’s) are, in fact, quite safe for most women and are utilized to treat many gynecological issues that can ultimately cause infertility and major quality of life altering symptoms.
BCP’s have been proven to not cause weight gain. Additionally, they reduce the risk for ovarian cysts and cancer, uterine cancer, acne, and abnormal hair growth. They make periods shorter, lighter, and very regular. And they have never been associated with any increased risk of any cancer. In women who have undiagnosed endometriosis or fibroids they may be responsible for saving fertility.
See your gynecologist for all the options, but don’t write off bcp’s due to common incorrect rumors.
Few things are as effective or simple to use as oral contraceptives and the safety profile of OCs is really very good. When used properly, OCs have a 99% effectiveness, much better than condoms. However, there are other methods that are also quite good.

IUDs are available. Modern IUDs can be left in place for many years and provide continuous contraception without having to remember to refill a prescription or to take a pill. Some IUDs have hormones embedded in them, others have copper wire that provides some added measure of protection. All are somewhat costly, but given the years of protection are cheaper on a per year basis. On the other end of the spectrum, you could be fitted for a diaphragm which together with spermicidal jelly provides fairly effective relief for a married couple. You should speak with your doctor who can give you more information.
There are many choices. Take time to meet with your gynecologist who will obtain your medical history and advise the best method for YOU.
You can exercise safe period with spermicidal jelly. Again, the failure rate is more.