There are several types of birth control available to the public. The first question that needs to be asked is whether or not you want to become pregnant within the next few years. If you’re interested in becoming pregnant, an IUD or oral forms of birth control may be the easiest to work with. If you don't plan on having a baby for five years or longer, the birth control implant may be a viable option.
Patients who no longer want to worry about becoming pregnant can opt for more permanent solutions. Tubal ligations are safe and effective with minimal adverse effects. Patients with extensive reproductive problems may also opt for a full or partial hysterectomy.
A tubal ligation procedure is also known as “tying the tubes.” During a laparoscopic tubal ligation, Dr. Adams will make three small incisions in the abdomen. A small camera will be inserted into one of the incisions so he can watch what he is doing inside the body, while the tools meant for performing the procedure go through the other two.
During the procedure, Dr. Adams will use a laser to cut the tubes, cauterize the ends and tie a small knot at the end of each one. In some cases, he may even tie the two ends together. Once Dr. Adams finishes the procedure, he'll remove the instruments and butterfly tape the small incisions together. You'll then be sent home to recover with instructions to limit their activities for approximately seven to ten days.
Intrauterine devices, or IUDs, often last for several years once they've been implanted in the uterus. IUDs are safe and effective forms of birth control that offer convenience and security. Once the IUD has been implanted, you don't need to worry about taking a pill or using alternate methods of birth control. IUDs are long-lasting and only need to be removed if they've shifted position or expired.
If you need it, Dr. Adams can offer valuable advice as to what brand will work best for each patient's needs. For example, Mirena is one of the most popular IUDs and has an estimated lifespan of approximately five years. Skyla is also extremely popular and can last up to three years.
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