Yuan-Da Fan, MD
Gynecologist located in Union Square, San Francisco, CA
If you’re sexually active but aren’t yet ready to have kids or don’t want them, consider using birth control to prevent pregnancy. At his office in the Union Square neighborhood of San Francisco, California, Yuan-Da Fan, MD, helps you review your birth control options and find one you can use effectively. Contact the office by phone or book an appointment online for individualized birth control management today.
Birth Control Q & A
What is birth control?
Birth control, or contraception, is the method you use to prevent pregnancy if you’re sexually active. There are several types of birth control available and many factors to consider while selecting a type to use. Dr. Fan offers birth control management services to help you choose a method of birth control and use it effectively.
Many women need to try more than one birth control option before finding one that they feel comfortable using. Since some birth control options use hormones to stop ovulation, they can cause side effects. Dr. Fan works with you as you try different methods and adjust to taking the one you choose.
What are my birth control options?
You have multiple options for birth control that prevent pregnancy, either by pausing ovulation, physically blocking the sperm, or killing the sperm before it reaches the egg. Some methods are more reliable than others, and it’s essential for you to make sure you’re using your birth control correctly.
Your options include:
- Oral hormonal contraceptives (the pill)
- Hormonal intrauterine devices (IUDs)
- Copper IUDs
- Vaginal rings
- Male condoms
- Female condoms
- Contraceptive sponges
- Progestin injections
Dr. Fan walks you through how each option works and their effectiveness rates when you use them correctly. Condoms are the only type of birth control that offers any protection against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), which is something to consider while using any other form of birth control.
What should I consider while choosing birth control?
During your initial visit for birth control management or family planning, Dr. Fan reviews your medical history and the results of your most recent well-woman exams. He also asks a number of questions about your sexual health and history to narrow down your options for birth control.
When it comes to making your final decision, there are a few factors and possible circumstances you should consider. You should talk to Dr. Fan about:
- Your plans (or lack of plans) for future pregnancy
- The number of sexual partners you have
- Possible side effects for each method
- The method of using (or remembering to use) your birth control
- The rate of effectiveness of each method
Even the most effective options for birth control can fail to prevent pregnancy every once in a while, so it’s important for you to choose a type of birth control that you know you can use consistently and correctly. If you try a method initially and aren’t happy with it, you can return to Dr. Fan’s office for another birth control appointment.
Finding a method of birth control that works for you can be challenging to do on your own. Schedule your appointment by calling the office of Yuan-Da Fan, MD, or booking an appointment online today.