Contraception Management Specialist

Alane Park MD

OBGYN located in Westlake, Los Angeles, CA

Women are taking charge of their reproductive health. According to the latest research, 70% of women between the ages of 24 and 44 use some form of contraception. At Alane Park, MD in downtown Los Angeles, Dr. Park empowers women to make informed decisions about contraception. You have access to all FDA-approved birth control methods to prevent pregnancy and protect yourself from sexually transmitted diseases. To learn more about your contraception choices, call or schedule an appointment with Alane Park, MD online today.

Contraception Management Q & A

What is contraception?

Contraception is any device, method, or medication that prevents pregnancy. Many birth control methods that prevent pregnancy also treat other conditions, including menstrual cramps and acne.

Contraception methods work by:

  • Preventing sperm from reaching eggs: condoms, diaphragms, contraceptive sponges, and intrauterine devices (IUDs)
  • Stopping the ovaries from releasing eggs: birth control pills, patches, vaginal rings
  • Tracking the woman’s menstrual cycle to avoid sex during fertile days: natural family planning
  • Permanently preventing pregnancy: sterilization

Which birth control method is right for me?

Dr. Park begins your birth control consultation with a comprehensive well-woman exam, including a pelvic exam and Pap smear. She discusses your sexual health and habits and explains the various types of contraception available. In choosing a birth control method, it’s important to consider:

  • How each method works
  • How often you have sex
  • If you want a daily or long-term option
  • If you want to have children in the future
  • Potential side effects
  • Your age
  • Your family history of certain diseases
  • Your overall health

Dr. Park suggests birth control methods based on your needs and health and empowers you to make the best choice for you. She gives you the information and support to stay safe and prevent unwanted pregnancy. She also monitors you closely and adjusts or changes your birth control as needed.

Can I get pregnant after going off birth control?

Pregnancy isn’t possible after sterilization without surgical intervention. But for fertile women in good health, pregnancy is possible after they stop other forms of contraception.

After you stop taking the birth control pill, pregnancy is possible during the next cycle, though it can take up to two months to return to your regular cycle. The same is true for other birth control methods that alter hormones like the contraceptive patch or vaginal ring.

For women using other methods of birth control, it may take longer to recover fertility. It can take up to 10 months after stopping the birth control shot to get pregnant, and an IUD must be removed before pregnancy is possible.

Every woman’s reproductive health needs are unique. Dr. Park encourages you to ask questions and learn about all the different contraceptive methods available to you. To make an appointment to discuss safe, effective contraception with Dr. Park, call or schedule an appointment online today.