Birth Control Specialist

Wilkens Mondesir, MD

OB-GYN located in Greenacres, FL & Boynton Beach, FL

An unplanned pregnancy can be an incredibly stressful experience, which is why it is so important to find an effective method of birth control. Fortunately, there are numerous options, and Dr. Wilkens Mondesir can help you find a birth control method that is right for you. Online scheduling makes it easy to schedule an appointment time at the Greenacres, Florida office that fits your busy schedule.

Birth Control Q & A

What are the best non-hormonal birth control options?

Some women prefer birth control options that don't alter their natural hormonal balance. For these women, several excellent choices can efficiently prevent pregnancy without hormones. These options include:

Condoms

Condoms offer both a barrier method of birth control and an efficient way to prevent STDs. Understanding how to properly use condoms is essential. For the highest level of STD protection, condoms should be used from the first moment of sexual contact to the last, including during oral sex.

Spermicide

Spermicides are chemicals which prevent sperm from reaching your egg. Spermicide can be used alone, or in combination with condoms, sponges, diaphragms, or cervical caps.

Birth control sponge

This option combines a barrier method with a spermicide. You place the sponge deep inside your vagina before sex and remove it afterward.

Cervical cap

This small, silicone cup-like cover is placed inside your vagina over the opening of your cervix -- something like a bottle cap -- to prevent sperm from traveling to your egg. A cervical cap can be left in place for up to 2 days.

Diaphragm

A diaphragm, dome-like and with a springy rim, works in the same way as a cervical cap, but is larger and must be removed within 24 hours of sexual intercourse.

How effective are birth control pills?

Birth control pills have been around for decades, and are the preferred method for many women. There are many different types of pills with varying levels of hormones. These hormones stop ovulation and also thicken your cervical mucus, proving an effective one-two punch to prevent pregnancy.

Even so, birth control pills only work if you take them as prescribed, which means near the same time every day during your cycle. Missing pills can lead to an unplanned pregnancy.

Birth control pills have side effects, and each woman will respond to the medication differently. Some possible side effects include:

  • Changes in your sex drive
  • Abnormal bleeding
  • Sore breasts
  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Weight gain

If you experience side effects, your doctor can prescribe a different pill to help you find the right fit.

What options require the least planning?

Many women prefer a birth control option that requires no planning. Birth control patches, shots and implants are all great options.

Patches are applied to your skin once a week. They are simple to use and effective when worn correctly.

The birth control shot delivers hormones via injection; the shots are given at your doctor’s office four times per year. This method is safe and effective, and appointments take very little time.

Birth control implants deliver time-released hormones that prevent ovulation. They are more than 99% effective and work for up to 4 years.

Each of these methods carries a risk of side effects, so be sure to discuss your choices with Dr. Mondesir during your next appointment.