Certified OBGYN Dr. Young Kim assists women of all ages to find the best birth control method to align with their lifestyle. Located in Antioch, California, Dr. Kim provides hormonal, nonhormonal, and permanent birth control options at his clinic, Youngs OBGYN. Schedule your appointment online or call today to learn more about your options.
Dr. Kim will explain each birth control option and make recommendations based on:
After explaining your options, he’ll highlight the pros and cons to ensure you’re making an informed choice about your birth control.
Popular birth control options include:
The pill uses hormones to stop ovulation, preventing your eggs from being released each month. Taking the pill can make it difficult for sperm to swim because it thickens your cervical mucus.
An IUD is a T-shaped device inserted into your uterus by Dr. Kim. The insertion is a simple, nonsurgical procedure. Because an IUD can be removed at any time, it’s a popular choice for women who eventually want to become pregnant. IUDs come in two types: hormonal and copper. IUDs can prevent pregnancy for 3-12 years, depending on which type you choose.
Nexplanon is a small and flexible implant that Dr. Kim inserts into your upper arm. It prevents pregnancy for up to three years, but Dr. Kim can remove it when you decide to become pregnant. Nexplanon is a popular choice because of the insertion process and its discreteness.
The patch is a simple and affordable method. You place the patch on your skin and change it every three weeks. You keep it off on the fourth week, then repeat the process. The patch releases hormones to prevent pregnancy.
The ring is a safe method of hormonal birth control that Dr. Kim inserts into the vagina. It prevents pregnancy by stopping sperm from reaching your egg. You wear it in your vagina, where the hormones are absorbed via your vaginal lining. Similar to other birth control options, the ring thickens your cervical mucus.
If you don’t wish to become pregnant, Dr. Kim may suggest a tubal ligation, a surgical procedure where your fallopian tubes are clamped and blocked to prevent your eggs from reaching your uterus. A tubal ligation is a sterilization procedure Dr. Kim may recommend to women who don’t want (more) children.