Choosing the Right Birth Control for You

Choosing the Right Birth Control for You

Are you looking for a new birth control method? From pills and patches to implants and injections, the options can seem overwhelming — whether you’ve tried a few in the past or you’re considering contraceptives for the first time.

The good news is that you don’t have to make the decision alone. Angela Pollard, MD, and our team specialize in gynecology and offer birth control options including intrauterine devices (IUDs). We have the expertise to help you understand the types of contraception available so you can choose the right one for your needs.

An overview of popular birth control options

You have a lot of choices when it comes to contraception. Each method has its pros and cons, and Dr. Pollard works with you to understand your needs and find the best option for you. A few of the most popular types of birth control are:

Oral contraceptives

Oral contraceptives, or birth control pills, contain synthetic hormones (estrogen and progestin) that prevent ovulation and thicken cervical mucus to make it difficult for sperm to reach an egg. The pill is highly effective when taken correctly, but it’s essential to take it at the same time every day.


This small, flexible rod is about the size of a matchstick, and we insert it under the skin of your upper arm. It releases hormones (typically progestin) to prevent ovulation and thicken cervical mucus. It’s a type of long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC), because it offers protection that lasts up to three years but you can have it removed sooner if you wish.

Skin patches

The skin patch is another discreet and easy-to-use LARC. You place a new adhesive patch on your skin each week, and it releases hormones to prevent ovulation. Its simplicity and effectiveness make it a popular choice for hassle-free contraception.


Birth control shots involve getting an injection every three months. Each shot delivers a dose of progestin hormone into the muscle, typically in your arm or buttocks, to prevent ovulation and thicken your cervical mucus.


We insert this small, T-shaped device into your uterus. There are two main types of IUDs available: copper IUDs, which are hormone-free and work by releasing copper ions to prevent sperm from fertilizing the egg, and hormonal IUDs, which release progestin to prevent ovulation.

The benefits of choosing an IUD

IUDs are one of the most-requested contraceptives at our clinic, and for good reason. All birth control methods have their advantages, but IUDs offer several benefits.

IUDs provide a "set-and-forget" convenience. Unlike birth control pills or patches that require regular administration, you don’t have to think about your IUD once you have it.

Plus, IUDs provide highly effective contraception for multiple years, depending on the type you get. Hormonal IUDs can last up to seven years, while copper IUDs can offer protection for up to 10 years. If you decide you want to get pregnant, we can remove your IUD anytime and fertility typically returns quickly.

Hormonal IUDs release progestin, but unlike other options the hormone dosage is localized to your uterus. That means many women experience fewer systemic side effects, and it’s possible to have much lighter periods or even no period at all.

Dr. Pollard and our team understand that a lot of factors go into choosing the right birth control method, and we’re here to help. We can guide you through the decision-making process and help you explore the options that best align with your needs.

Learn more about your options with a consultation at our clinic in Los Gatos, California. Call us at 408-300-9170 or send us a message online today.

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