Birth Control

Lee Gynecology Offers a Variety of Birth Control Options for Your Needs.

I feel the options are many and varied.  All women are different, and it takes care to determine the best choice for each one.
– Dr. Michael J. Lee

The goal of birth control is to prevent pregnancy. You can choose from a variety of methods, each with its own benefits and possible side effects. When selecting a method, consider the level of effectiveness as well as possible side effects and symptoms. Some methods offer health benefits, such as lighter and more regular menstrual periods, acne treatment and reduced risks of some types of cancer. Others help to protect you against sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Factors to Consider:

  • Your age, overall health and personal medical conditions
  • How likely you are to use it according to its instructions
  • Whether it protects against human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or other STIs
  • Possible health benefits and side effects
  • How often you have sex
  • Whether it requires cooperation with your partner
  • Whether you want to have children eventually

Here is a summary of the most and least effective birth control methods currently available.  At Lee Gynecology, Dr. Michael J. Lee will guide you through birth control options that best meet your unique needs.

Most Effective Methods

These birth control methods result in less than one pregnancy per 100 women (<1% pregnancy rate) using it within a year:

  • Sterilization (99.5% effective)
    • – Female tubal sterilization (ESSURE or laparoscopic)
    • – Male vasectomy
  • Long-term reversible
    • – Intrauterine device (IUD) (99.2% effective)
    • – Hormonal implant – Nexplanon (99.9% effective)

Very Effective Methods

These birth control methods are 88% to 94% effective.

  • Birth control pills (91% effective)
  • Birth control patches (91% effective)
  • Vaginal ring (91% effective)
  • Progestin-only hormonal methods (94% effective)
    • – Progestin injection (Depo-Provera)
    • – Progestin-only pills (“mini-pill” such as Micronor)
  • Diaphragm

Less Effective Methods

These birth control methods result in 18 or more (>18% pregnancy rate) pregnancies per 100 women within a year.

  • Male and female condoms (76% – 88% effective, respectively)
  • Sponge (76% – 88% effective)

Least Effective Methods

These birth control methods result in 24 or more (>24% pregnancy rate) pregnancies per 100 women within a year.

  • Fertility awareness-based methods (76% effective)
  • Standard days method
  • Spermicide (72% effective)

Dr Lee will carefully explain the differences in a way that makes sense to you.


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…And don’t worry. We won’t limit the number of medical issues you can bring for evaluation at your appointment.

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