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Birth Control Specialist

MUST Clinic

Primary Care Physician & Women's Health Specialist located in Kernersville, NC

Knowing about birth control and safe sex is critical to protecting your health. Based in Kernersville, North Carolina, MUST Clinic is a mobile clinic located throughout the Piedmont Triad area. Zoe Stallings, MD, offers a variety of birth control options, which can regulate your menstrual cycles and prevent pregnancy. Call MUST Clinic or make an appointment online for compassionate advice and contraception visits today.

BIrth Control Q&A

What are the available types of birth control?

Dr. Stallings offers several types of birth control. Some of the most common types of contraceptives include:

Pills

There are several different types of birth control pills. Some contain only estrogen, while others combine estrogen and progestin. Depending on the type of pill, it prevents pregnancy by either stopping ovulation or thickening cervical mucus to prevent sperm from entering the womb. 

You need to take the pill at the same time every day. If you miss a pill or need to take antibiotics or other medications that can interfere with the pill's effectiveness, you should use an additional form of birth control. 

Implants

A birth control implant is a small device, about the size and shape of a matchstick, that is placed under the skin of the inner bicep. The implant slowly releases hormones that prevent ovulation or thicken cervical mucus. The implant is effective for up to three years.

Intrauterine devices (IUD)

IUDs are small T-shaped devices that the doctor places directly into the uterus. There is a hormonal and non-hormonal option. The hormonal IUDs work in the same way as a birth control implant. Non-hormonal IUDs are copper, which repels sperm. Hormonal IUDs are effective for 3-5 years, and a non-hormonal IUD can prevent pregnancy for 10 years.

While these birth control options can prevent pregnancy, they don't protect from sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). If you are sexually active, make sure to use condoms to prevent the spread of STDs.

What are the benefits of using birth control?

Hormonal birth control offers many benefits, in addition to preventing pregnancy. It can regulate your menstrual cycle, lighten or eliminate your periods, and reduce menstrual cramping. Some types of birth control can also prevent acne. 

Which type of birth control is right for me?

Dr. Stallings provides thorough consultations to help you choose the best type of birth control. For example, if you are unlikely to remember to take a pill at the same time every day, one of the long-acting options might be better. 

If you have questions about birth control, call Dr. Stallings or make an appointment online today for expert advice. All appointments first begin with a phone visit.