Discuss with your gynecologist
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
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
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.
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.