Birth Control Specialist

Clear Lake Women's Center

Nagamani Rao, MD

Gynecologist located in Webster, TX

If you haven’t changed your birth control method in a while or are just beginning to explore your options, consulting with Nagamani Rao, MD, is a great way for women in and around Webster, Texas, to learn more about the methods currently available. To schedule an appointment for birth control guidance with Clear Lake Women’s Center, call the office or book online today.

Birth Control Q&A

What kinds of birth control options are available?

When it comes to family planning, you have more options available to you than your mother or grandmother ever could have imagined. One way to think about birth control is to consider how each method works to reduce your risk of unwanted pregnancy. 

Hormonal methods

Hormonal birth control reduces your risk of pregnancy by altering your ovulation, thickening your cervical mucus, or creating a reproductive environment that does not encourage fertilization. 

Some examples of hormonal birth control include:

  • Implant
  • Injection
  • Intrauterine device (IUD)  
  • Pills
  • Patches
  • Vaginal rings

Many women prefer these methods because they can also provide other benefits like lightening your period or clearing up your skin. They also require minimal advanced preparation.

Barrier methods

Barrier birth control reduces your risk of pregnancy by creating a physical barrier between egg and sperm. You can increase the efficacy of these methods by also using spermicide. 

Some examples of barrier birth control include:

  • Male condoms
  • Female condoms
  • Cervical cap
  • Diaphragm
  • Sponge

Barrier methods require being prepared in advance and having your birth control readily available. Many women prefer these options because they do not alter your hormonal balance.

Which options require the least maintenance?

If you’re searching for a safe and reliable birth control method that does not require much advanced planning, the birth control implant may be the best option. This small device is inserted just beneath the skin of your upper arm during an office visit and provides up to five years of protection. 

An intrauterine device (IUD) is another great option. The device must be placed by Dr. Rao during an office visit, and it delivers 3-12 years of protection, depending on the type of IUD. There is also an IUD that is made of copper that does not alter your hormonal balance. 

Both implants and IUDs can be removed if you decide you’re ready to start or add to your family, and your fertility will return within a short time. 

Which birth control options also protect against sexually transmitted disease?

The only type of birth control that also reduces your risk of sexually transmitted disease is condoms (both male and female). However, there are some types of STDs that only require intimate touching to transmit the disease, so even condoms are not fully effective. 

Remaining in a mutually monogamous relationship in which both partners have been tested for STDs is the best way to lower your risk. Refraining from all sexual activity, including intimate touching, is the only way to fully prevent STDs. 

To schedule an appointment for birth control guidance with Clear Lake Women’s Center in Webster, Texas, call the office or book online today.