What are the most popular forms of birth control today?
I can’t say in our practice that there is one form of birth control more popular than another; it is patient-dependent. Some people prefer permanent sterilization in the form of bilateral tubal ligation. Other choices depend on how a patient would like to space their children. Patients may choose long-acting, reversible contraceptive devices such as Nexplanon, which is inserted in the arm and good for three years, or an IUD, which can be good for up to 10 years. They may decide they would like children closer in age and prefer oral contraceptives, or Depo Provera injection.
Why is it okay for my birth control to make me skip my period for months?
It is okay not to have a menses if you are on birth control because birth control is keeping the lining very thin.
Can oral contraceptives help with issues other than birth control?
Oral contraceptives can be used to treat other medical conditions, such as polycystic ovarian syndrome, acne and heavy menses. Oral contraceptives are also shown to help reduce rates of endometrial and ovarian cancer. Certain IUDs can be used to treat heavy menses, as well.
What are the side effects of each form of birth control?
All birth control can have side effects; however, statistically, pregnancy is much more dangerous than any form of birth control. Side effects are dependent on the type of birth control chosen.
How do you know which one is right for you?
A patient and her provider can determine which form is best for the patient given her medical history and current preferences.
Lesli G. McQuigg, WHNP-C, Southeast Georgia Physician Associates-Obstetrics & Gynecology, a strategic affiliate of Southeast Georgia Health System. A board-certified women’s health nurse practitioner, specializing in adult primary care and obstetrics and gynecology. Ms. McQuigg received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, and Masters of Science in Nursing-Adult Nurse Practitioner and Post Masters of Science in Nursing-Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She has been with Southeast Georgia Physician Associates-Obstetrics & Gynecology since 2012.
Ms. McQuigg was born in Jacksonville, Florida when her father was in his OB/GYN residency. Her family relocated to the Golden Isles when she was a child. She and her husband, John McQuigg, have been married for 25 years and have five children.