Birth Control Specialist

John A. Whitfield, MD -  - Gynecology and Gynecologic Surgery

John A. Whitfield, MD

Gynecology and Gynecologic Surgery located in Fort Worth, TX

Dr. John A. Whitfield has been helping women with family planning in the Fort Worth area in Texas for years. He can guide you to the best choice for birth control from a pill that you can stop taking at any time to a permanent solution involving a procedure or surgery. Call or request an appointment online to discuss your birth control needs now.

Birth Control Q & A

What are the forms of birth control available to me?

There are several different types of contraception available to women. Common methods include:

  • Medications
  • Implants
  • intrauterine devices (IUDs)
  • Essure and tubal ligations

What Medications are used?

These typically include birth control pills and the vaginal ring called NuvaRing.  They contain hormones that prevent the ovary from releasing an egg thus preventing conception.  

What are intrauterine devices (IUDs)?

Intrauterine devices are small devices that are inserted into the uterus. IUDs can provide birth control for five to ten years, but they are not permanent and can be removed anytime.  IUDs fall into two categories: hormonal and non-hormonal. Hormonal IUDs release a hormone called progestin, which makes the mucus around the cervix thicken so that sperm can’t get beyond the cervix.  Hormonal IUDs may also decrease menstrual blood flow. Non-hormonal IUDs are also available for women who want to avoid any hormonal exposure. Currently available hormonal IUDs last up to five years and non-hormonal ones last up to ten years.

What is the birth control implant?

Birth control implants, like Nexplanon, release progestin, which prevents your ovaries from releasing eggs. Roughly the size of a matchstick, the small, plastic rod is inserted in your upper arm, is highly reliable and lasts up to 3 years.

What is permanent birth control?

Tubal ligation is a procedure to “tie” your Fallopian tubes. This is a permanent solution for preventing pregnancy. Tubal ligation prevents an egg from entering the uterus and prohibits sperm from traveling up the Fallopian tubes to the egg. The procedure doesn't affect your menstrual cycle.

The Essure procedure involves the placement of plugs into the tubal openings.  The tubes seal and just like a tubal ligation, it prevents an egg from entering the uterus and prohibits sperm from traveling up the Fallopian tubes to the egg. The procedure doesn't affect your menstrual cycle and usually can be done in the office.

What is the best form of birth control?

The best form for you will be the one that fits your lifestyle, intentions, and that you can consistently use.  It should allow continuing being sexually active without fear of pregnancy. Dr. Whitfield will work with you to decide which specific form of birth control is right for you based on your preferences, sexual activity, age, and specific situation. He will help you to find the right solution so that you can feel confident in your contraceptive choice.

For an appointment, consultation or second opinion, about birth control, call the office or request an appointment online today.