Birth Control

Palm Valley Women's Care

Obstetrics and Gynecologist located in Phoenix, AZ & Avondale, AZ

Modern birth control solutions are over 99% effective and require little to no effort. If you’re ready to start birth control or are considering switching your birth control, Miles Howard, MD, George Davidson, MD, and the dedicated team at Palm Valley Women’s Care can help. With two locations in Phoenix and Avondale, Arizona, book your birth control and family planning evaluation by calling the office nearest you to speak with a team member.

Birth Control Q & A

Which type of birth control is most effective?

Figuring out which type of birth control is best for your family planning needs can be overwhelming. 

One of the most important things to consider is the effectiveness of the birth control, which is sometimes determined by how diligent you are about using it. These are some of the most common types of birth control:

  • Birth control implant: Can last up to five years and is 99% effective
  • Intrauterine device (IUD): Can last up to 12 years and is 99% effective
  • Hormonal shot: Needed every three months to be about 94% effective
  • Vaginal ring: Needs to be replaced monthly and can be 91% effective
  • Birth control patch: Needs to be replaced weekly and can be around 91% effective

Hormonal birth control pills are a highly effective option, too. But for birth control pills to be most effective — roughly 91% — you need to take them at the same time every day. 

It’s important to note that while all of these birth control methods can safeguard you from unwanted pregnancy, they won’t protect you from sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). You’re still going to need a barrier method, such as a condom, for STD protection.

How can I get started on birth control?

The highly skilled team at Palm Valley Women’s Care is dedicated to helping you find the right type of birth control for your unique family planning needs. To find out which type of birth control is ideal for you, schedule a family planning evaluation.

Your dedicated OB/GYN sits and talks with you about your health. They ask you questions about your health such as:

  • If you’ve ever had an STD
  • If you’re planning to have children in the future
  • How much effort you want to put into your birth control
  • When you think you may want to start trying to have children

You may need laboratory testing and a comprehensive exam, such as a well-woman exam, to evaluate your health and to better determine which type of birth control fits your needs. 

Once your physician at Palm Valley Women’s Care examines you, they can counsel you on different birth control options, so you can work together to make a decision.  

When is birth control effective?

It depends on which type you select and where you’re at in your cycle. Many types of birth control, including hormonal IUDs and birth control pills, can be effective immediately if you take them within five days of starting your period. 

Your OB/GYN at Palm Valley Women’s Care counsels you on when your specific type of birth control is going to be effective. It’s important to use a backup form of birth control, such as a condom, if you need time for your birth control to reach maximum efficacy. 

Find out which type of birth control is right for you by calling Palm Valley Women’s Care today.