Birth control is any method you use to prevent getting pregnant. Today, there are several different methods birth control available, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. These include birth control pills, IUDs, tubal ligation, vasectomy, and the rhythm method. The type you use depends on whether you want to have children in the future, your current health, and your STI (sexually transmitted infection) status. A doctor can help you pick out the best option.
Over the Counter Birth Control Options
There are birth control options available with and without a prescription. For example, you can get male and female condoms, spermicides, sponges, and emergency contraception pills over the counter. However, you should not use emergency contraception pills as your routine birth control method. This should be used as a last resort, for example if you forget to use contraception, or if your regular method fails.
Prescription Birth Control Options
More effective types of birth control require a prescription from your doctor. Once you get the original prescription, you may only have to see a doctor once or twice a year. They’ll refill your prescription between visits on an automatic basis. You’ll need a prescription to get:
- Cervical cap
- Diaphragm – Your doctor has to fit one to your vagina’s shape
- Implantable rod – Your doctor will insert it
- IUD – Your doctor will insert it
- Oral contraceptives – The mini-pill and the pill
- Shot or injection – You get it at a family planning clinic or your doctor’s office
If you decide to get the pill, you must take it at the same time every day for it to be as effective as possible. Missing a day or two is a serious issue and could result in pregnancy.
If you want something more permanent, you’ll need a medical procedure or surgery. These options include:
- Tubal ligation (female sterilization)
- Tubal implant
- Male sterilization (vasectomy)
How Telemedicine Can Help You Get a Birth Control Prescription
Telemedicine can help you get the best results from
your contraception, eliminating the risk of pregnancy, STI, or other issues.
For example, if you need to see your doctor to get a refill or to start a
prescription, you can use your smartphone and the app to schedule an
You’ll then be able to have your appointment
without leaving the privacy of your own home, and you’ll be able to pick
up your prescription from the pharmacy of your choice. It’s fast and
convenient. Contact us to find out more.