Birth Control

Trinity Women's Health

Obstetrics and Gynecologist located in Murrieta, CA

Taking charge of your fertility and family planning requires safe, effective birth control. Dr. Joan Hazel Calinisan, Dr. Frances S. Kim, and Dr. Nerissa C. Safie -- OB/GYN experts at Trinity Women’s Health -- help you find the perfect birth control to suit your needs and stage of life. If you live in Murrieta, California or the surrounding areas and are looking for reliable short-term, long-term, or permanent contraception, call the Trinity team or book a birth-control consultation online.

Birth Control Q & A

Trinity Women's Health

What’s the best birth control?

Your best type of birth control may change at different stages of your life. If you’re not planning on becoming pregnant for a while, you may opt for a semi-permanent but reversible method, such as an intrauterine device (IUD). If you’ve completed your family, permanent sterilization may be the right choice.

When you come for a birth-control consultation at Trinity Women’s Health, OB/GYN experts Dr. Calinisan, Dr. Kim, or Dr. Safie outline the best, safest, and most effective choices based on your individual needs. You also discuss how to use condoms to protect yourself from sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

What if I want 100% natural birth control?

The success of natural birth control depends on you or your partner’s behavior. Complete abstinence is the only method that’s 100% guaranteed to protect against pregnancy and STDs.

Other options include having your partner withdraw before he ejaculates (22% failure rate) or monitoring your fertility (12% to 25% failure rate).

Breastfeeding can prevent a new conception for the first six months after you give birth (2% failure rate). However, you must breastfeed according to a strict schedule.

What if I only need birth control once in a while?

Birth-control methods that physically block sperm from reaching your egg tend to be portable and easy to use at will. Methods include:

  • Male condom (15% failure rate)
  • Diaphragm with spermicide (12%)
  • Cervical cap (14% to 29%)
  • Birth-control sponge (12% to 24%)
  • Female condom (21%)

What if I want semi-permanent, reversible birth control?

Semi-permanent, reversible birth-control methods often release hormones to regulate your menstrual cycle. IUDs and arm implants must be inserted and removed by your Trinity doctor. Reversible methods include:

  • IUD (lasts up to five years, with or without hormones; 1% failure rate)
  • Arm implant (lasts up to three years; 1%)
  • Vaginal ring (replaced every three weeks; 2%)
  • Birth-control shot (6%)
  • Birth control pill (must be taken daily; 9%)
  • Birth control patch (9%)

What is permanent birth control?

When you’re sure you don’t want children, you or your partner can choose surgical sterilization. Sterilization has a 1% failure rate for the first year. Methods include vasectomy for the man, and either tubal ligation or in-office, minimally invasive fallopian-tube occlusion with Essure® for the woman.

To find your best birth control, call the helpful Trinity team or book a consultation online.