Birth Control Specialist

San Marcos Family Medicine -  - Family Physician

San Marcos Family Medicine

Family Physicians located in San Marcos, TX

Birth control gives women and men control over their fertility. With so many options available, patients in San Marcos, Texas, are often confused about which option is best for their needs. The Central Texas doctors at San Marcos Family Medicine can help with the choosing and prescribing birth control medications and materials.

Birth Control Q & A

What types of birth control are available?

Options for birth control include:

  • ponges
  • Patches
  • Vaginal rings
  • Pills
  • Shots
  • Nexplanon implants
  • Condoms
  • Cervical caps
  • Diaphragms
  • Spermicidal applications
  • IUD

In addition, men and women who want permanent birth control can have sterilization procedures, including vasectomy for men and tubal sterilization for women.

How do birth control pills and implants work?

Birth controls contain synthetic estrogen and progestin hormones, which inhibit a woman's body from entering the normal reproductive cycle. This prevents ovulation, which makes pregnancy impossible. To be effective, birth control pills must be taken daily at around the same time every day. If a woman misses a dose, she'll need backup birth control to prevent pregnancy for that cycle.

Can birth control cause infertility?

Except for a vasectomy and tubal sterilization, all other forms of birth control are temporary. When they aren't used, fertility is restored.

Can birth control methods protect against STDs?

Except for condoms, no birth control method protects against STDs. Patients who want to have protection against STDs need to use condoms.

Which birth control method is the most effective?

For those who absolutely must prevent pregnancy, highly effective birth control methods, include:

  • Birth control pills
  • Nexplanon implants
  • IUD
  • Condoms are the most effective way to prevent pregnancy

Barrier, spermicidal applications, and natural methods are the least effective. The doctors at San Marcos Family Medicine can help patients choose the right birth control method for their needs.

Do natural forms of birth control work?

No birth control method has a 100% success rate. Even the birth control pill has just a 92% effectiveness rating with regular use because people can make mistakes. That's why San Marcos Family Medicine recommends and prescribes Nexplanon implants, which don't rely on patients to remember to take pills or apply a patch. Non-hormonal forms of birth control have varying success rates with regular use. They are as follows:

  • Male condoms - 85% effective
  • Female condoms - 79% effective
  • Fertility awareness - 75% effective

The effectiveness percent goes up significantly with perfect use, but tracking fertile days and using condoms correctly every time isn't easy for many patients. San Marcos Family Medicine can help patients find a birth control method that works.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

At San Marcos Family Medicine, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a list of some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.

Blue Cross Blue Shield
Golden Rule
Great West Health Care
Health First
Health Net
Seton Health Plan