Birth Control Specialist

Premier Women's Health

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Mansfield, TX

If you’re not ready to get pregnant, your choice of birth control can make a big difference in how comfortable you feel. Carolyn Kollar, DO, FACOOG or Magen Hutchins, nurse practitioner, can help you find the birth control method that suits your lifestyle and preferences. Make an appointment online or over the phone at Premier Women’s Health in Mansfield, Texas, to discuss your options.

Birth Control Q & A

What types of birth control are available?

Today, so many birth control options are available and the list is continually growing. The number of choices can be both reassuring and overwhelming: hormonal or nonhormonal, daily or long-term, internal or external, permanent or temporary.

The providers will ask questions about your health, sexual experiences, and personal preferences before making recommendations.

We offer the following prescription contraceptives at Premier Women’s Health:

  • Oral contraceptives
  • Birth control patch
  • Diaphragms
  • Nexplanon® implant
  • Intrauterine devices (IUD): Mirena®, Skyla®, Paragard®, and Liletta®
  • Depo-Provera® shot
  • NuvaRing® vaginal insert
  • Permanent tubal ligation

In addition to prescription birth control, Dr. Kollar can also give you more information about emergency and over-the-counter birth control.

What is emergency contraception?

Emergency contraception is a form of birth control that reduces your chances of pregnancy after unprotected sex. Two effective emergency contraception options are available:

Morning-after pill

The morning-after pill has to be taken within three days of unprotected sex to be most effective.  However, the effectiveness decreases with time and should be taken immediately for best results.

Copper IUD

The best method of emergency contraception is the Paragard IUD if you get it placed within five days of unprotected sex.   

What non-prescription birth control methods are available?

In addition to the prescription birth control methods listed above, you also have non-prescription contraception options, including:

  • Condoms
  • Spermicide
  • Sponge
  • Diaphragm
  • Natural family planning

Some women combine prescription and non-prescription birth control methods to provide extra protection against pregnancy and STDs. Make sure to discuss your concerns with Dr. Kollar.

How do I choose a birth control method?

Your choice of birth control is personal, and Dr. Kollar and Magen help you make your choice based on your goals, lifestyle, and expectations, as well as cost and effectiveness. She discusses the advantages and disadvantages of each type so you can make an informed decision.

Some factors to take into consideration when choosing a birth control are:

  • Your ability to remember to take a daily pill
  • How well the method prevents against STDs
  • Whether or not you want hormonal birth control
  • How your sexual activity and lifestyle habits affect your choice
  • When, or if, you want to have children in the future
  • How effective the birth control is

If you need help choosing a birth control, contact Premier Women’s Health over the phone to set up an appointment.