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Contraception

Heather A Dixon, D.O. -  - Obstetrics & Gynecology

Heather A Dixon, D.O.

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Corpus Christi, TX

If you’re sexually active and don’t want or aren’t ready to become pregnant, Heather Dixon, DO, and the skilled team of OB/GYNs at Corpus Christi Women’s Clinic, located in Corpus Christi, Texas, can help you choose an effective form of contraception. With effective contraception, you can hold off on pregnancy until you know you’re ready. For more information about the available forms of contraception, call Corpus Christi Women’s Clinic or book an appointment online today.

Contraception Q & A

What is contraception?

Contraception, or birth control, provides a way for you to decide when you become pregnant and have children. At Corpus Christi Women’s Clinic, Dr. Dixon provides many different types of contraception for you to choose from. She helps you explore each option and make an effective choice according to your lifestyle and preferences. 

During your consultation, Dr. Dixon will discuss how each form of contraception works, its rate of effectiveness, and what you’ll need to do to use it correctly. 

What are my options for contraception?

You have many options for contraception, some of which you must take daily and others that require very little maintenance on your end. Dr. Dixon can help you choose the right method from the following options:

Oral contraceptives

Oral contraceptives are hormone pills that you take every day to stop ovulation.

Intrauterine device (IUD)

There are copper IUDs and hormonal IUDs. Dr. Dixon inserts your IUD in your uterus, where it stays to prevent pregnancy for years at a time. 

Vaginal ring

The vaginal ring releases hormones inside your vagina to prevent pregnancy. You must wear each ring for three weeks before taking a week off and inserting another.

Injections

If you choose injectable birth control, you must get a hormone shot once every three months from Dr. Dixon. 

Implants

Dr. Dixon places an implant in your upper arm to release hormones into your bloodstream and prevent pregnancy. An implant lasts for three years. 

What should I consider when choosing my method of contraception?

Dr. Dixon helps you weigh the benefits of each available form of birth control and your own lifestyle factors in relation to them. When choosing a contraceptive, you should consider:

  • If or when you want to become pregnant
  • Your ability to use your birth control consistently 
  • The cost of your birth control method
  • The effectiveness of each birth control method
  • Certain health conditions and medications you take

If you try a form of birth control and are unhappy with it for any reason, Dr. Dixon helps you choose another form that is a better fit. 

To explore available contraceptives in-depth with Dr. Dixon’s guidance, call Corpus Christi Women’s Clinic or book an appointment online today.