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San Marcos Family Medicine

Family Physicians located in San Marcos, TX

Birth Control Specialist

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

San Marcos Family Medicine

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.

Aetna
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Cigna
Golden Rule
Great West Health Care
Health First
Health Net
Humana
PHCS
Principal
Seton Health Plan
UniCare
UnitedHealthcare
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    "The staff is always friendly and nice and the doctors are knowledgeable and willing to work with you regarding prescriptions."

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    "I have been really sick, called them and gotten in the same day. Wonderful people, good bedside manners. Always helpful. I highly recommend this medical group."

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    "We've been patients for about 5 years now. Absolutely love the doctors; great people who really care. Easy to get in..."

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    "Dr. Lee has been our family's doctor for about 9 years. We don't even live in San Marcos but drive there because of the wonderful care that he and his nurse provides."

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    "I have been seeing Dr. Mangalick for a few years and have had many good experiences with my treatment there."

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    "I have been a patient of Dr Lee's since the late 2000. I have never experienced any of the rudeness that others are reporting."

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    "I went in to see Dr Mangalick, and he was able to address my questions extremely quickly. He was very personable, knowledgeable and direct to the point."

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    "Saw Dr. Mangalick for an issue with my prosthetics. He was super helpful and solved my issue really quickly."

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    "The nurse practitioners and doctors REALLY listen, aren't afraid to admit when they don't know something and then go look it up so they are informed."

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    "Dr. Lee and his staff are awesome! They are very compassionate and are willing to go out of their way to take care of people. I highly recommend seeing him..."

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    "Dr. Laue and Mia are great. I go to them for all of my health issues (aside from pregnancy), and can rely on them getting to the root of the problem with ease."

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    "Dr. Laue and Mia are great. I go to them for all of my health issues (aside from pregnancy), and can rely on them getting to the root of the problem with ease."

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    "Dr. Lee is the best primary care physician I've ever had. He's very nice, and takes plenty of time to answer all of my questions."

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    "I appreciate how well he communicates, and, the care with which he communicates. I recommend Dr. Laue and his staff."

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    "Dr. Luae has been treating my family for years. He is an excellent physician. He is a great listener, and he takes the time to explain what is going on."

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    "Dr. Laue is wonderful. I appreciate how observant he is as my pediatrician was much the same and I find it rare."

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    "Dr. Laue and his colleagues put the focus where it belongs: on listening to the patient and prescribing the treatment that's really needed."

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    "I really like his approach to helping you get the answers you need to be in better health. He's to the point with great bedside manner."

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Location
San Marcos Family Medicine
2406 Hunter Road, Suite #106
San Marcos, TX 78666
Phone: 512-504-7640
Fax: 512-396-8006
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