Birth Control

Woodbridge Obstetrics and Gynecology

Zohreh Nikkhah Abyaneh, MD

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Woodbridge, VA

With so many options available, you may have a hard time figuring out what method of birth control is best suited for your needs. Board-certified OB/GYN Zohren Nikkhah Abyaneh, MD, at Woodbridge Obstetrics & Gynecology in Woodbridge, Virginia, offers birth control counseling and can help you determine the best type of birth control for your family planning needs. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book online today.

Birth Control

What is birth control?

Birth control, also known as contraception, refers to the various methods used to prevent pregnancy. There are many different birth control methods available, but some work better than others. 

You’re not alone if you’re struggling to figure out the best method for you, which is why Dr. Nikkhah Abyaneh made birth control counseling a priority at her practice. 

What are the types of birth control?

You have many choices when it comes to birth control, including ones that require a prescription and ones that don’t. Some of your birth control options include:

Short-acting hormonal methods

Short-acting hormonal methods of birth control may be the ones you’re most familiar with. They include birth control pills, the patch, and the birth control shot. These methods of birth control need to be taken on a regular basis to prevent pregnancy. They work by stopping ovulation, or the release of your egg.

Hormonal birth control pills are also used for the management of many common gynecological conditions, including abnormal bleeding.

Long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs)

LARCs provide protection against pregnancy for an extended period of time, ranging from 3-10 years. Intrauterine devices (IUDs) are a type of LARC that gets inserted in your cervix and prevents pregnancy by altering the movement of sperm so it can’t reach your egg. Dr. Nikkhah Abyaneh offers two brands of hormonal IUDs: Skyla® and Liletta®. 

In addition to IUDs, Dr. Nikkhah Abyaneh offers Nexplanon®, which is a LARC that gets implanted under your arm and prevents pregnancy by halting ovulation. Your Nexplanon implant protects you from pregnancy for up to three years.  

Barrier methods

Diaphragms, cervical caps, and condoms are barrier methods of birth control that protect you from pregnancy by blocking sperm from reaching your egg. Condoms may also provide protection against some STDs.

Tubal ligation

If you’re looking for a more permanent birth control option, then you may want to consider a tubal ligation, also referred to as having your tubes tied. During the surgical procedure, the tube that carries your egg to meet the sperm is cut to prevent fertilization. Dr. Nikkhah Abyaneh only recommends this procedure if you’re 100% certain you don’t have any future pregnancy plans.

How do I know what type of birth control I need?

Dr. Nikkhah Abyaneh helps you determine the type of birth control you need. She reviews your medical and gynecological history, as well as future pregnancy plans, to help you find the method that provides you the most benefits. 

To schedule a birth control consultation with Dr. Nikkhah Abyaneh, call Woodbridge Obstetrics & Gynecology or request an appointment online today.