Birth Control Specialist

M. Mercedes Sayago, MD -  - Gynecologist

Newport Beach Women's Wellness Center

M. Mercedes Sayago, MD

Gynecologist & Medical Spa located in Orange County, Newport Beach, CA

Birth control is a personal decision. In addition to preventing pregnancy, many options offer additional benefits. Dr. M. Mercedes Sayago and the staff at Newport Beach Women’s Wellness Center in Newport Beach, California, help guide you on your family planning journey. Call or go online today to make an appointment with Dr. M. Mercedes Sayago.

Birth Control Q & A

Why should you discuss birth control with your doctor?

Lifestyle, medical history, and a desire to have children are the three main factors to consider when finding the right contraceptive. Dr. M. Mercedes Sayago helps you determine which one is right for you.

First, decide whether you are just looking to prevent pregnancy or also want to avoid sexually transmitted diseases. Additionally, some birth control methods control the symptoms of medical conditions including premenstrual syndrome, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, and acne.

The amount of time you want to be pregnancy free is another crucial consideration when choosing a birth control method.

Another factor to consider is how often you want to have to deal with the approach you choose. While some methods only need your attention once in awhile, others require preparation for each sexual encounter.

What are some of the different types of birth control available?

A variety of birth control options are available and fall into four categories:

  • Barrier: condoms, sponges, and diaphragms
  • Short-acting hormonal: the pill, injectables, and the vaginal ring
  • Long-acting hormonal: implants and IUDs
  • Permanent: tubal ligation and Essure

The barrier method is only useful if you apply it before each sexual encounter. To use the pill effectively, you must take it every day. The effectiveness of injectables varies by the length of time they last, and reinjection occurs every three months, on average.

You must change a vaginal ring monthly when you get your period. Implants and IUDs last up to five years. Permanent birth control like tubal ligation is a procedure you should only undergo if you know you won’t want to reverse it later.

For more information on the types of birth control that Dr. M. Mercedes Sayago offers, call or go online today to make an appointment to discuss your options with her.