Contraception Specialist

Patricia Nevils, M.D. -  - OBGYN

Vibrant Woman Health Center

Patricia Nevils, M.D.

OBGYN located in Lafayette, LA

The type of contraception you use is a very individual and personal decision. No one method is right for every woman and OB/GYN Patricia Nevils, MD, of Vibrant Woman Health Center understands this. She helps women in and around Lafayette, Louisiana, make an informed decision for the right birth control, offering prescriptions and implantations. Call the office or book an appointment online today for compassionate contraception services.

Contraception Q & A

What should I consider when deciding on contraception?

The effectiveness of the method of contraception you choose is important, but not the only factor to weigh. Consider the other following factors when weighing your options:

  • Your plans for a family
  • Comfort for you and your partner
  • Convenience
  • Possible side effects
  • The frequency of sex and your number of partners
  • Reversibility

Certain birth control pills may also offer additional benefits, such as lighter bleeding and less cramping during your periods. Dr. Nevils shares with you the pros and cons of each method to help you make a decision.

What are my options for contraception?

Contraception comes in many forms. They usually fall into one of the following categories:

  • Sterilization, such as tubal ligation
  • Hormonal methods, including the pill and the patch, which block ovulation or change the lining of your uterus and cervical mucus so they’re hostile to sperm
  • IUDs, which are devices implanted into your uterus that contain copper or hormones to prevent pregnancy
  • A barrier method, such as condoms, the sponge, and the diaphragm
  • Natural family planning, such as cycle monitoring so you avoid intercourse on fertile days

Your moral beliefs, lifestyle, sexual habits, and desire for convenience dictate which of these methods most appeal to you. For example, you may prefer an IUD that’s inserted and protects you for up to 10 years rather than having to take a pill every day.

Does contraception protect from sexually transmitted diseases?

The only method that offers protection against sexually transmitted diseases is male condoms and female contraceptive options. If you or your partner have multiple partners, wear a condom along with a more reliable form of contraception (such as the pill) to prevent pregnancy and STDs. Condoms are only about 85% effective in preventing pregnancy.

Which contraception methods are most effective in preventing pregnancy?

Barrier methods and natural family planning tend to be the least reliable in preventing pregnancy, while IUDs, implants (such as Nexplanon®), and sterilization are very effective.

The pill, ring, and patch are up to 99% effective when used consistently and correctly.

Dr. Nevils guides you in making important contraceptive choices with compassion and expertise. Call Vibrant Woman Health Center or book online.