Contraception Specialist

Women’s Health Specialists of Dallas

Women's Health Clinic located in Dallas, TX & Rockwall, TX

The right birth control can make you feel confident, empowered, and safe. At Women’s Health Specialists of Dallas, the expert team of OB/GYN physicians can help you make an informed decision and start a contraception method that’s right for you. Serving women in Rockwell and North Dallas, Texas, the practice offers individualized, patient-centered care. Book an appointment online, or call the office to get started today.

Contraception Q & A

Which contraception method is right for me?

With all of the contraception methods available these days, it’s normal to have questions or feel overwhelmed by your options. Each woman has unique needs, and the right birth control should support your health, your lifestyle, and your sexual practices.

The team at Women’s Health Specialists of Dallas can help you make an informed, educated decision and give you all of the information you need to feel confident in your contraception plan.

When choosing a contraceptive method, it’s helpful to consider questions like:

  • Do I want to have children soon or in the distant future?
  • How will my body tolerate hormones?
  • What type of birth control is best for my lifestyle and my sexual habits?
  • What would I do if my contraception method failed?

Your physician can help you navigate questions or concerns you may have about birth control, ensuring you make the best decision for your health.

What are common contraception methods?

There are several contraception methods available, including:

  • Oral contraception (the pill): a daily pill that prevents pregnancy through the release of the hormones estrogen, progesterone, or both
  • Birth control patch: a patch that delivers hormones to your bloodstream to prevent ovulation
  • Male and female condoms: a barrier method that prevents sperm from fertilizing an egg
  • Diaphragm: a small cup-like device that sits over the cervix to prevent sperm from reaching the uterus; can be used with spermicide
  • IUD (intrauterine device): a small device your physician implants into your uterus that prevents egg fertilization
  • Vaginal ring: a small, removable ring you insert into your vagina that delivers localized hormones to prevent pregnancy

What can I expect after I start a contraception method?

If you opt for a hormonal method of birth control, sometimes it can take a while for your body to get used to the influx of hormones. You may experience some side effects, like bloating, mood swings, or changes in your menstrual cycle. With hormonal birth control, you usually need to wait at least a week after starting it to have unprotected sex.

If you’re using a barrier method of birth control, these are effective right away. Barrier methods may be less effective than hormonal contraception, however, so it’s important to understand the risks and to use a backup method, if necessary.

If you decide you want to switch contraception methods at any time, just let your physician know, and they will be happy to help you find something that works better for you.