If you are not planning or wanting to become pregnant in the next few years, you may want to explore long-term contraceptive options. While oral contraceptives and devices like a diaphragm are good choices for short-term contraceptives, they can be inconvenient for those without pregnancy in mind for the upcoming years. If you do not see motherhood as something you want in the next few years or already have the number of children you want, there are some choices for stopping pregnancy that are convenient and long-term.
Intrauterine Devices (IUD)
The IUD has been used for many decades as a contraceptive for those not planning to conceive in the next few years. While not a permanent solution, IUDs are suggested for women that are sure they will not want to become pregnant in the immediate future. IUDs are placed in the uterus and work by killing sperm through copper or spermicide.
Birth Control Implants
A birth control implant is placed under the skin and releases contraceptive medication into the body. This form of contraceptive can last up to four years, making it more convenient than taking oral contraceptives. This is a good choice for those who may want to become pregnant in the future, but have trouble remembering to take oral contraceptives.
If you are positive you do not want any more children, sterilization can remove the possibility permanently. Tubal ligation and other methods like Essure uterine devices can be performed at an OB/GYN clinic and are permanent forms of contraception.
The best option for long-term conception for you will depend on your lifestyle, future pregnancy plans and medical history. To explore the different options, schedule a consultation with a local OB/GYN to discuss which method of long-term birth control will best meet your needs.
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North Point OB/GYN Associates
1505 Northside Boulevard #3500
Cumming, GA 30041
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