Birth Control

Marsha K. Howerton, MD  -  - Gynecology

Marsha K. Howerton, MD

Gynecology & Obstetrics located in Midtown, Tulsa, OK

You simply aren’t ready for a baby, and you know it’s time for birth control. But you have no idea what’s right for you. There seem to be so many options. Marsha K. Howerton, MD, Obstetrics and Gynecology, provides contraceptive counseling to help you make an informed decision. Call her office in Midtown, Tulsa, Oklahoma, for more information, or book an appointment online.

Birth Control Q & A

What are your options for birth control?

The only sure way to prevent a pregnancy is through abstinence. But if you are sexually active, there are a number of effective options.

Some methods such as the use of a condom, sponge, or spermicide you can easily use without medical guidance. You’ll need a doctor’s supervision, however, for the more reliable methods:

  • Sterilization surgery
  • Sterilization implant
  • Implantable rod
  • IUD
  • Hormone injection
  • Oral contraceptives
  • Skin patch
  • Vaginal ring

 

The diaphragm and the cervical cap also require a doctor’s prescription, but are less effective.

How can you choose birth control that is right for you?

You’ll need to make a decision based on certain characteristics of each method:

  • Effectiveness
  • Cost
  • Privacy
  • STD protection
  • Convenience
  • Side effects

 

You’ll also need to think about your partner’s needs and your future plans for having children.

The most reliable form, for example, is permanent sterilization surgery, which involves blocking or cutting your Fallopian tubes. Known as tubal ligation, this procedure should be chosen only if you are sure you don’t want any more children.

On the other hand, if you’re looking for something convenient that can be easily reversed, you might opt for an IUD or an implantable rod, both of which require little thought on your part once they’ve been placed into your body.

What can you expect from OB/GYN contraceptive counseling?

During contraceptive counseling sessions, Dr. Howerton helps you understand your best options for birth control. She considers your age, health, and lifestyle and discusses your lifetime goals with you. Making a personalized plan reduces your chance of an unintended pregnancy.

As your guide, Dr. Howerton educates you about how each method works, correcting any misinformation, as well as calming any unnecessary fears. She helps you weigh all the factors, including advantages and disadvantages of each method while leading you to craft a customized reproductive plan for your life. Once you’ve chosen a method, she makes sure you understand its correct usage for maximum effectiveness.

When you decide you do want to become pregnant, Dr. Howerton discusses the healthiest lifestyle choices for achieving pregnancy and for ensuring your body is well-prepared.

There’s no need to stress out about choosing your birth control. Let Dr. Howerton be your guide. Call her office today, or book your appointment online.

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