Birth Control Specialist

Edward S. Wagner, M.D. -  - Obstetrics and Gynecology

Edward S. Wagner, M.D.

Obstetrics and Gynecology located in Hollywood, FL

Choosing a method of birth control is a personal decision, yet your best choice also depends on reliable information and medical care you can trust. Dr. Edward S. Wagner offers comprehensive birth control counseling and the professional insight you need to ensure your birth control method is effective and safe for you. To learn more about your personalized birth control options, call Dr. Wagner's office in Hollywood, Florida, or book an appointment online.

Birth Control Q & A

What should you consider before choosing birth control?

Before you select a type of birth control or decide to change your current method, Dr. Wagner reviews your medical history and performs a pelvic exam. This is an essential first step because some contraceptive methods may not be suitable due to particular health concerns.

It also helps to think beyond preventing pregnancy and talk about when you want to have children, because your plans may influence the birth control method that’s best for you.

Each type of contraceptive also has its own benefits and risks that may affect your choice. You can count on Dr. Wagner to answer your questions and explain the methods you’re considering.

How effective are different contraceptives?

When you want to prevent a pregnancy, the effectiveness of your method is a top priority. The efficacy of methods like intrauterine devices (IUDs), which are inserted once then continue to work, remain consistent.

You can diminish the effectiveness of birth control pills or hormone injections if you forget to take a pill or you don’t get back to the doctor in time for your next shot. On the other hand, you can improve the effectiveness of condoms when you consistently use them every time you have intercourse.

These are the effectiveness ratings of various birth control methods:

  • Permanent methods (tubal ligation or occlusion): nearly 100% effective
  • Intrauterine device (IUD): nearly 100% effective
  • Hormone implant: 99%
  • NuvaRing (vaginal ring): 98%
  • Depo-Provera (birth control shots): 97%
  • Birth control pills and hormone patches: 91-94%
  • Diaphragm: 88%
  • Male condoms: 82%
  • Sponge: 76-88%

What are long-acting reversible contraceptives?

Long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARC) include IUDs and implants. Both types are safe for women of all ages, and they're just as effective as sterilization, yet they're completely reversible.

IUDs are inserted once during a woman's menstrual cycle and can last for 3-10 years, while implants are placed under your skin and last for three years. Both methods can be easily removed at any time, and you can safely get pregnant after removal.

What is Essure?

Essure is a permanent method of birth control (sterilization) that can be provided in the office. Essure is a soft device that’s inserted into each fallopian tube without the need for surgery. After about three months, scarring develops around each device, creating a natural barrier that stops sperm from reaching an egg.

When you need a method of birth control, call Dr. Wagner or schedule an appointment online.