Birth Control Specialist

De Castro & Basit, MDs

Primary Care Practice & Aesthetics located in Hanford, CA

Until you’re ready to start a family, or when your family is already the perfect size, reliable birth control can save you the worry of an unwanted pregnancy. At De Castro & Basit, MDs, in Hanford, California, Dr. Jacqueline G. De Castro and Dr. Jasper F. Basit are primary care physicians who offer all major forms of birth control for your convenience. To discuss which options are best for your health and lifestyle, call to schedule an exam or book online.

Birth Control Q & A

What is the best method of birth control?

The best method of birth control is the one that works best for you, your partner, and your lifestyle. When it comes to birth control, there are dozens of options to choose from. That’s why your doctor at De Castro & Basit, MDs, takes a full health assessment before recommending a birth control method. Drs. De Castro and Basit look at:

  • How well the method prevents pregnancy
  • Convenience and ease of use
  • Potential side effects, if any
  • Your overall health
  • The number of partners you have
  • How often you have sex

There are several different types of birth control that are highly effective at preventing pregnancy, with minimal side effects, so your provider helps you find the one that works well for your unique circumstances.

What types of birth control are available?

There are many different types of birth control that are readily available for men and women. Some of the most common methods include:

  • Oral contraceptives, or birth control pills
  • Male and female condoms
  • Diaphragms
  • Sponges
  • Cervical caps
  • Intrauterine devices (IUDs)
  • Hormonal implants
  • Hormonal patches
  • Injections
  • Vaginal rings

In some cases, as with oral contraception for women, you need to take a pill every day to prevent pregnancy. Other methods, such as diaphragms and condoms, need to be used every time you have sex to prevent pregnancy.

If you choose IUDs or hormonal implants, your doctor inserts this device at the office and you don’t have to worry about it again for 3-10  years, depending on the type. IUDs and hormonal implants are still considered temporary and reversible birth control methods since you can have them removed when you’re ready to have a baby.

How do I decide which type of birth control is right for me?

Your doctor at De Castro & Basit, MDs, talks to you about your concerns, your overall health, and lifestyle to help you choose a birth control method that is convenient, effective, and fits into your short-term or long-term plans to prevent pregnancy. If you try one method and decide you want to try a different one, the team is happy to make adjustments or prescribe a different method until you’re completely satisfied with the contraceptive that meets your needs.

To learn about all available birth control options, call the office to schedule an exam or book online today.