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Contraception Specialist

Francine A. Olds, MD, FACOG -  - Gynecologist

Women's Health Choice

Francine A. Olds, MD, FACOG

Gynecologist located in Virginia Beach, VA

Never before have women had so many choices when it comes to contraception, but navigating those options can feel overwhelming. Francine Olds, MD, of Women's Health Choice in Virginia Beach, Virginia, is here to guide you through your options, and help you find the birth control method that is right for you. Book your appointment online or over the phone today.

Contraception Q & A

What types of birth control are available?

The only way to completely eliminate the chance of pregnancy is to abstain from sexual activity or for one partner to go through a vasectomy or tubal ligation. Otherwise, there is a multitude of options to reduce your risk of pregnancy. 

One way to categorize your birth control options is by the methods used to prevent pregnancy. 

Barrier options

These options work by creating a physical barrier between sperm and eggs. Examples include:

  • Male condoms
  • Female condoms
  • Birth control sponge
  • Diaphragm
  • Cervical cap

It’s important to note that the only birth control options that also protect against sexually transmitted disease are male and female condoms. 

Hormonal options

Hormonal birth control works by altering your hormonal balance, which reduces the risk of pregnancy by changing ovulation or thickening cervical mucus. Examples include:

  • Birth control pills
  • Birth control shots
  • Birth control implants
  • Vaginal rings
  • Patches
  • Intrauterine device (like Paragard®)

Many women choose these methods because they can also reduce menstrual bleeding, or in some cases, eliminate your periods entirely. 

What options are best for a busy lifestyle?

If you’re searching for a relatively low maintenance form of birth control, a long-acting hormonal option might be a good fit. The birth control implant provides years of protection with just one insertion appointment (plus another appointment when you are ready to have the implant removed). The implant is placed just under your skin on the upper area of your arm. 

Birth control injections provide months of coverage. The appointment to have a birth control shot takes just moments, and there’s no need for advance preparation. 

An intrauterine device like Paragard is another excellent option. Once your IUD is in place it protects against unwanted pregnancy for many years and can easily be removed if you decide to plan a pregnancy. 

How do I know which contraception option is best for me?

Dr. Olds works with you to find the right match for your family planning needs, lifestyle, and overall health. Some choices offer the ability to control or lessen menstrual bleeding, while others offer the chance to reduce your risk of STDs. 

Women who smoke or who have certain health issues are advised to work with a gynecologist to find an option that is safe and effective. Some hormonal birth control options can increase your risk of health problems if you smoke, and some options can cause problems when combined with other medications. 

If you’d like to learn more about contraceptive options, call Women’s Health Choice today to set up a visit. Online scheduling is also available and takes just moments to complete.