Birth Control Specialist
There are a number of different birth control options, so choosing the right one for you can be a challenge. Dr. Hans Yu at the Yu Medical Group in Bakersfield, California, guides his patients wanting birth control with information and recommendations that fit their needs. Whether you choose IUD, birth control pills, implants, or other effective alternatives, Dr. Yu will make sure that you come first at Yu Medical Group.
Birth Control Q & A
What is an intrauterine device?
An intrauterine device, commonly called an IUD, is a birth control method that’s inserted in the uterus. Once an IUD is implanted, it will prevent pregnancy for years without requiring any further action or replacement. In fact, IUDs are extremely effective, offering more than 99% effectiveness in pregnancy prevention.
There are 2 types of IUDs, copper and hormone. The copper IUD, ParaGard, is made from copper coils, contains no hormones, and can last for up to 12 years. The hormone IUD, which includes Mirena, Kyleena, Skyla, and Liletta, prevents pregnancy with the hormone progestin.
Mirena lasts for as much as 6 years, and Kyleena lasts for up to 5 years. Both Skyla and Liletta have about a 3 year life span.
What are oral contraceptives?
Oral contraceptives, better known as birth control pills, are a type of pregnancy prevention that must be taken daily. Oral contraceptives use hormones, including estrogen and progestin, to prevent the ovaries from releasing eggs.
Birth control pills can be extremely effective if they’re taken precisely as intended. With perfect use, birth control pills are 99% effective in pregnancy prevention. However, an occasional missed or late dose can lower this effectiveness to around 91%.
What is the birth control implant?
A birth control implant is a device that can be implanted in the body — usually the upper arm — for birth control lasting as much as 3 years. Birth control implants work by releasing a controlled and steady dose of progestin in the body, which is about as effective as the IUD or perfect use of oral contraceptives.
What is the birth control shot?
The birth control shot, Depo-Provera, is an injectable form of birth control. It works by preventing ovulation and is a very effective option. Depo-Provera is comparable to the IUD, the implant, and oral contraceptives in terms of effectiveness if used perfectly. The shot must be administered on time every 3 months to achieve peak effectiveness.
What are the other birth control options?
There are a number of other birth control options available aside from what was discussed above. Birth control patches, vaginal rings, cervical caps, and other options can all be considered, as well. Dr. Yu is happy to help each patient find the best birth control option for their specific needs.