Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Marietta and Powder Springs, GA


About Contraception

Contraception gives you control of your reproductive health by preventing pregnancy. With a variety of methods available, the expert team can help you choose the best option for you and your family at Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates in Marietta and Powder Springs, Georgia. The team offers guidance on all types of contraception, from natural family planning to hormonal birth control. Call today or schedule an appointment online to learn more. 

Contraception Q&A

What is contraception?

Contraception aims to prevent pregnancy. With multiple options, the choices can seem overwhelming. At Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates, the team helps you choose the best method based on your needs and preferences. 

The team provides personalized guidance so you feel confident in finding a safe and effective form of contraception.

Are there different types of contraception?

Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates offers a comprehensive range of contraception options. They provide detailed information on birth control methods like:

Natural family planning

This method involves tracking your menstrual cycle to determine when you are most fertile and avoiding sex during that time. While it’s hormone-free, natural family planning is less effective against pregnancy than other forms.

Barrier methods (condoms and diaphragms)

These methods physically block sperm from reaching an egg. They’re easy to use and also protect against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

Hormonal methods (the pill)

Hormonal birth control uses synthetic hormones to prevent ovulation. It's a reliable option with many choices, including pills, patches, and injections.

Intrauterine devices (IUDs)

IUDs are small devices inserted into your uterus to prevent pregnancy. They can be hormonal or non-hormonal and offer long-term protection.

Tubal ligation

Tubal ligation is a permanent form of contraception that involves sealing or cutting the fallopian tubes to prevent pregnancy.

The right birth control method for you may depend on your medical history, age, family planning goals, and many other factors. 

How soon after pregnancy should I consider contraception?

You should discuss contraception options with your care team at Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates before you give birth, especially if you plan to breastfeed. 

You can typically have an IUD inserted immediately after childbirth and start using barrier methods as soon as you’re cleared to have sex.

Are there other benefits to contraception?

Some hormonal contraception methods provide benefits beyond pregnancy prevention, including:

  • Regulating menstrual cycles
  • Minimizing symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and endometriosis
  • Lowering the risk of ovarian and endometrial cancers
  • Reduces acne flare-ups

Even if you aren’t sexually active, the team may recommend contraception to help protect your health.

If you’re considering contraception, talk to the team at Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates about your options. Call or schedule an appointment online today to learn more.