Barry J Fish, MD
OBGYN located in Fairlawn, OH
As birth control isn’t a one-size-fits-all area of medicine, you need to rely on the guidance of competent gynecologist to find the best solution for your family planning needs. Dr. Barry Fish offers a variety of birth control options to accommodate your specific health concerns and your plans for children. At his Fairlawn, Ohio, OB/GYN practice, Dr. Fish can evaluate your needs and offer effective birth control options, including pills, patches, and the popular IUD. To learn more about your options for birth control, contact Dr. Fish’s office by phone or with the online booking feature.
Birth Control Q & A
What birth control options are available?
Dr. Fish offers both hormonal and nonhormonal birth control options, including:
- Birth control pills
- Birth control shots
- Intrauterine devices (IUD)
- Contraceptive implants
Sterilization, a permanent form of birth control, is also available.
Which birth control option is right for me?
Before choosing the right method for you, Dr. Fish reviews your medical history and family history. He can determine which birth control works best for you based on your sexual activity, lifestyle habits, and family planning goals.
Birth control pills and patches deliver a constant stream of short-acting hormones to your body. You must use them as directed to effectively prevent pregnancy. Pills are usually taken daily, but if you have the patch, you should change it once a week as Dr. Fish recommends.
If you are prone to forgetting to take daily medication, you may find the birth control shot to be more effective. Injections are usually necessary once every three months for pregnancy prevention.
Dr. Fish also offers long-acting birth control options, such as an intrauterine device (IUD). After he inserts the device during a painless procedure, you can rely on it for preventing pregnancies for three years or longer without having to do anything else.
Do I still need to use a condom?
It’s important to remember that birth control pills, patches, shots, and IUDs don’t protect you from sexually transmitted disease (STD).
Dr. Fish can discuss your sexual habits and history and may recommend that you also use condoms to prevent infection.
What are the risks of using birth control?
When used as recommended by Dr. Fish, the different methods of birth control are safe and effective for preventing pregnancy. However, regular use of certain birth control methods can increase your chances for health complications.
Women over the age of 35 or women who smoke may be at increased risk for heart disease, blood clots, heart attack, and stroke when using hormonal birth control methods.
Use of an IUD may slightly increase your risk for having an ectopic pregnancy, where the embryo attaches to the fallopian tubes instead of inside the uterus.
Dr. Fish can discuss other related risks of your preferred method of birth control during your consultation to ensure you can make the most informed decision for your health.
To find out which birth control method may be right for you, schedule an appointment online or by calling Dr. Fish’s office.