When To Consider Hormonal Birth Control

When To Consider Hormonal Birth Control

If you’re not ready to build a family and you’re looking into your options for preventing pregnancy, hormonal birth control options can be highly effective. Beyond preventing an unwanted pregnancy, hormonal birth control can also play a role in improving certain health conditions.

To give you an idea about the many roles that hormonal birth control can play in your life, Dr. David Foulk and our team here at Marion Ob/Gyn outline a few of the more common ones in this month’s blog post.

Preventing pregnancy

There are a wide range of birth control options, and hormonal birth control is certainly one of the more popular. With this approach to preventing pregnancy, we deliver estrogen and progestin into your body to stop ovulation.

There are several benefits of hormonal birth control, not the least of which is that, when used correctly, you enjoy great protection against getting pregnant — 91% or higher.

Another appeal is that there are many ways in which we can deliver hormones, and we’re sure to find one that works for you. To give you an idea, hormonal birth control delivery methods include:

Many of our patients choose their delivery method based on ease of use and efficacy. For example, taking a daily contraceptive can offer 91% protection, but if there’s a chance you might forget to take a pill or two, your protection drops.

If you use an IUD, on the other hand, it offers a 99% efficacy rating because we insert the device into your uterus, where it can protect you, unaided, for years.

Our point here is that if you opt for hormonal birth control, choosing the way in which these hormones are delivered into your body is a factor to consider.

Beyond birth control

While effective at its primary job — preventing pregnancy — hormonal birth control can also help you with other issues. For example, we often prescribe hormonal birth control for:

In addition, we use hormonal birth control to control migraines and acne. When it comes to acne, hormonal birth control lowers the amount of androgen in your body, which is known as a male hormone. This hormone is associated with acne, and when we lower it, you may be less prone to the skin condition.

As for migraines, hormone fluctuation is a recognized trigger for many women. By placing you on hormonal birth control, we can control your hormone levels so they don’t go up and down as much each month, which may prevent headaches from developing.

If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of hormonal birth control and the many ways in which we use this treatment, please contact our office in Marion, Ohio, to set up an appointment.

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