Birth Control Specialist

Capital Women's Care

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Montgomery, Bethesda, MD

If you’re sexually active and not ready to have a child, it’s time to consider birth control. At Capital Women’s Care - Bethesda, the team of doctors works with you to find the right birth control option for you. With the help of Dr. Lewis Townsend, Dr. John Gschwend, Dr. Deena Kleinerman, and Nurse-Midwife Kimberly Severn, you can protect yourself against unwanted pregnancy. With a convenient location in Bethesda, Maryland, there’s no reason to wait to schedule your appointment. Call the office today to book your initial consultation.

Birth Control Q & A

What are the different types of birth control?

With various birth control options available, your doctor at Capital Women’s Care - Bethesda can help you find the right contraceptive method for you. Depending on numerous factors, including your age, how many sexual partners you have, and if you’ve already had children, your gynecologist may recommend:

  • Barrier methods such as condoms, diaphragms, and cervical caps
  • Short-acting hormonal methods, including the pill, patch, ring, or an injection
  • Long-acting implants that last 3-10 years
  • Intrauterine devices (IUDs)
  • Female sterilization via tubal ligation

The natural rhythm method involves not using birth control but avoiding sex when you’re ovulating. While this can be effective, it’s significantly less effective than other methods, and there’s a greater risk of pregnancy.


How does birth control work?

Birth control works in various ways.

If you’re using a barrier method, such as a condom, the birth control prevents sperm from reaching and fertilizing your eggs.

Hormonal contraceptives, such as the pill and the patch, and long-acting birth control implants stop you from ovulating. Since you’re not ovulating, your body doesn’t release an egg, and you can’t get pregnant.

An IUD is placed in your uterus and prevents an egg from implanting on the uterine wall. Some IUDs release a hormonal contraceptive to stop the body from ovulating.

Sterilization permanently eliminates your ability to get pregnant. The most common form of female sterilization involves cauterizing the fallopian tubes so that your eggs can’t travel down the tubes and sperm can’t travel up them.


How do you know what the best birth control is for you?

Talk to your gynecologist at Capital Women’s Care to determine the best type of birth control for you. Consider different factors, including your:

  • Age
  • Health
  • Number of sexual partners
  • Frequency of sexual activity
  • If and when you want to have children

As you age, you may decide on a different type of birth control than what worked for you in your youth. Some birth control methods have possible side effects, while others have risks that can increase with age or certain health conditions.

If you need birth control to prevent pregnancy, it’s time to call Capital Women’s Care - Bethesda to schedule your appointment. You can even go online to book.