Birth Control

Eric Tabas, MD -  - OB-GYN

Eric Tabas, MD

OB-GYN located in Union Square, San Francisco, CA

Birth Control Specialist
Choosing a birth control method is a highly personal decision that can have a significant impact on a woman's life and her future. At his practice in San Francisco, CA, Dr. Tabas offers a wide range of birth control options so women can have the broadest array of options based on their preferences and needs.

Birth Control Q & A

by Eric Tabas, MD

What types of birth control are available?

Today, women have many options when it comes to choosing a contraception method, including both control pills, diaphragms, IUDs and arm implants, in addition to permanent options like tubal ligation. With so many options, it is much easier for women to choose a birth control option that suits their needs, their preferences, and their lifestyles.

How can I tell which type is right for me?

The best birth control method is the one a woman is most comfortable using – and therefore more likely to use on a regular basis. To a large degree, the selection of a contraception method will be based on the individual's preferences and lifestyle. The best way to decide on an ideal form of birth control is to schedule an office visit to learn about all the available methods and how they're used, then to weight the relative advantages of each one.

How long does an arm implant last?

That depends on the type or brand of implant. Most implants need to be replaced three or five years after insertion, but they can be removed earlier if needed. Arm implant insertion and removal procedures are fast and can be performed right in the office in just a few moments.

How is an IUD inserted?

An IUD (or intrauterine device) is inserted during a simple in-office procedure that takes just a few minutes to perform. Insertion begins like a pelvic exam, with the patient lying on her back on the exam table. A lubricated speculum is used to gently widen the vagina so the T-shaped IUD can be inserted into the uterus through the cervix (the natural opening of the uterus). Once in place, a long plastic “tail” will extend into the vaginal canal. This tail will help ensure the IUD is in place prior to having intercourse, and it also aids in the removal of the device.

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