Finding the right birth control can do more than just meet your family planning needs; it can also improve your menstrual experience. Daisy Manuel-Arguelles, DO, offers birth control counseling as part of her comprehensive family medicine services, and can help women in Sonoma, California, find the best possible birth control method. If you’re ready to explore the available options, book an appointment using the simple online tool, or contact the office by phone to check for open times.
If you’ve been using the same type of birth control for many years, you might be surprised at the number of choices currently available. There are options that rely on hormones to prevent unwanted pregnancy and others that use a barrier method. Some even combine those approaches to give you the power to manage your reproductive life.
Some of the available options include:
With so many options, there’s a birth control method that will work for your specific set of needs and lifestyle. It’s important to note that some options are effective at preventing pregnancy, but do nothing to prevent sexually transmitted disease. Be sure to choose an option that best suits your reproductive and sexual health needs. Dr. Manuel-Arguelles can help you evaluate your options and find the right fit.
The rhythm method, also called the fertility awareness method, involves tracking your ovulation cycle to determine which days you have a higher chance of getting pregnant than others. While this approach can be a great way to enhance your chances of conceiving a child, it isn’t among the more effective methods of birth control.
Fertility is more complex than simply charting out your menstrual cycle and estimating ovulation. If you’re serious about preventing unwanted or unplanned pregnancy, the rhythm method is not the best approach.
For many women, the birth control implant, known as Nexplanon, is a great family planning tool. The device is a thin, flexible rod that is around the size of a matchstick. The implant is inserted under your skin on the inside of your upper arm.
It works by slowly releasing progestin for as long as four years. Progestin causes your cervical mucus to thicken, impeding sperm from reaching your egg. It can also stop your ovaries from releasing eggs.
While Nexplanon is a lasting birth control option, it’s not permanent. If your family planning goals change over time, you can have the device removed and your fertility will be restored in a very short period of time.
To explore this and other available birth control options, schedule an appointment with Dr. Manuel-Arguelles today, either online or by phone.