Contraception Specialist

Derakhsh Fozouni, MD -  - OBGYN

Dr. Fozouni OB/GYN & Associates

Derakhsh Fozouni, MD

OBGYN located in Palm Springs, CA

With so many choices available, it can be hard to know what’s the best birth control option for you. At Dr. Fozouni OB/GYN & Associates in Palm Springs, California, Derakhsh Fozouni, MD, provides a range of contraception options, including intrauterine devices (IUDs), Nexplanon®, and birth control pills. For exceptional gynecological services in a comfortable and supportive environment, call Dr. Fozouni or schedule an appointment online today.

Contraception / Birth Control Q & A

What is birth control?

Birth control, or contraceptives, prevent you from getting pregnant. There are different types of contraceptives. Some offer better protection against sexually transmitted diseases, while others are more effective at preventing pregnancy.

There are also permanent birth control options in addition to temporary solutions.

How does birth control work?

There are different ways of preventing pregnancy depending on the contraceptive method you use. The primary purpose of birth control is to keep sperm from fertilizing your egg.

Some forms of birth control use hormones to thicken your cervical mucus (think your uterine lining) or prevent your ovaries from releasing an egg. Other contraceptives use barriers to block the sperm’s path to the egg. Spermicides can also be used to kill sperm, which prevents pregnancy from occurring.

You can also track your menstrual cycle to reduce your risk of pregnancy. This process involves determining high-risk periods of pregnancy during your menstrual cycle and abstaining from sexual intercourse during those times.

What types of birth control are available?

Dr. Fozouni offers a variety of contraception options to fit your unique lifestyle and sexual activity. Prescription contraceptives include:

  • IUDs
  • Nexplanon implants
  • NuvaRing® vaginal rings
  • Depo-Provera® injections
  • Oral or patch-delivered contraceptives
  • Diaphragms or cervical caps with spermicide

Surgical sterilization, or tubal ligation, is a permanent birth control option and contraceptives that are available without a prescription include male and female condoms, spermicides, and the sponge.

Does birth control have side effects?

Each form of contraception comes with varying risks or side effects, such as:

  • Bleeding or cramps
  • Bloating or weight gain
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Headaches or dizziness
  • Heart attack, blood clots, or stroke

Dr. Fozouni works closely with you to recommend the best birth control option based on your age, overall health, and personal needs.

What can I expect during my appointment?

During your appointment, Dr. Fozouni conducts a full medical exam, including a physical examination and review of your health history. He also discusses your reproductive goals and sexual activity.

Dr. Fozouni implants longer-term forms of contraception like IUDs or Nexplanon during an office visit. Shorter-term contraceptives, like birth control pills and the vaginal ring, are filled with a prescription.

Call Dr. Derakhsh Fozouni in Palm Springs, California, or schedule an appointment online today to find the perfect birth control for your modern lifestyle.

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