Birth Control

Birth Control Specialist
Dr. Saima Jehangir offers her patients a wide range of birth control options at her practice, Lotus Gynecology Health and Wellness, located in Austin, Texas. She helps her patients to choose the contraceptive option that will best suit their lifestyle and family planning needs.

Birth Control Q & A

Lotus Gynecology Health and Wellness

What do I need to consider when choosing a form of birth control?

When selecting a form of contraception, women need to consider their plans to have or add to their families, their lifestyle and general health, and their previous experience with birth control. Dr. Jehangir discusses your needs and lifestyle as well as provides information about the wide variety of birth control options for you to choose from. After an appointment with Dr. Jehangir, you will be able to make the best decision for your health and family planning needs.

What kinds of birth control does Dr. Jehangir offer?

Dr. Jehangir is able to offer her patients a wide range of contraceptive options to ensure that each patient is able to access the best option for her needs.

Birth control pills are available in a wide range of compositions that provide effective protection against pregnancy when used correctly. Women need to commit to taking the pill at the same time every day and need to use an additional form of contraception if they take antibiotics, cold medicine, or experience vomiting or diarrhea.

Implants including Implanon® and Nexplanon® are also available. These small, matchstick-sized devices are implanted on the inside of a patient’s bicep and slowly release hormones similar to those found in birth control pills. Implants last for 3 years, at which point the patient can choose to replace the implant, use a different form of birth control, or stop using birth control.
Some women opt for the birth control patch Ortho Evra, which is a hormonal patch that the patient replaces each week. Similarly, NuvaRing® is a hormonal ring inserted into the vagina for 3 weeks of every month. The patient will remove and replace the Nuvaring on her own each month.

The Depo Provera shot provides a woman with hormonal contraception for 90 days. She will need to return to Lotus Gynecology Health and Wellness for follow up injections.

Mirena® and Paragard® IUDs are small T-shaped devices that are inserted into the uterus. Mirena provides a slow release of hormones to prevent pregnancy and lasts for 3 years. Paragard is a non-hormonal option that uses copper to prevent pregnancy and can provide protection against pregnancy for 10 years.

All of these forms of birth control are effective in preventing pregnancy, but do not offer any protection against sexually transmitted diseases. Patients are encouraged to use additional forms of birth control such condoms to prevent the spread of infections.

What permanent forms of birth control are available?

Dr. Jehangir offers laparoscopic tubal ligation and Essure® as permanent forms of birth control. These options are permanent and cannot be reversed, so women must be certain that they are not going to have any more children before choosing these options. Essure works by inserting small copper coils into the fallopian tubes. The coils cause scarring, which prevents eggs from descending from the ovaries into the uterus. Tubal ligation blocks or severs the fallopian tubes. Tubal ligation is a surgical procedure, which is usually performed in a minimally invasive laparoscopic procedure.