Birth Control Specialist

Souhail Asfouri, MD -  - Board Certified Obstetrics & Gynecology

Austin Southwest Obgyn

Souhail Asfouri, MD

Board Certified Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Austin, TX

Making family planning decisions is your right as a woman in the United States. If you don’t want to get pregnant, comprehensive family planning resources are available at Austin Southwest OB/GYN in Austin, Texas. Dr. Souhail Asfouri offers several birth control options, including IUDs, Depo Provera shots, and birth control pills to accommodate your needs. Schedule a consultation online or by calling the office to discuss birth control options.

Birth Control Q & A

Which birth control is right for me?

Birth control is effective at preventing pregnancy and the health risks complicated by pregnancy, including high blood pressure, heart disease, and gestational diabetes.

Dr. Asfouri reviews your medical history and family planning choices to determine which birth control method is right for you. Being upfront about your sexual history, partners, and other medical information is critical to ensure the two of you make the right choice.

Birth control options include:

  • Intrauterine devices (IUDs)
  • Barrier methods, like condoms and diaphragms
  • Hormone medications, like pills, patches, injections, and implants

Dr. Asfouri may recommend hormonal birth control to treat other medical issues:

  • Fibroids
  • Endometriosis
  • PMS symptoms
  • Irregular periods
  • Menopause symptoms
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease

What are the risks associated with birth control?

Contraceptive methods may produce side effects or complications. So, you may need to try several types of birth control and work closely with Dr. Asfouri until you find the right method. He discusses the possible side effects of each method to ensure you understand the risks.

Hormonal birth control may increase your risk for some medical conditions:

  • Blood clots
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure

The health risks of hormonal contraception increase if you’re over age 35 or smoke cigarettes. Dr. Asfouri may recommend other methods of birth control to reduce your chances of developing health complications.

What if I want to become pregnant?

Before giving you a method of birth control, Dr. Asfouri discusses your desire for children in the short or long term to ensure the contraception he provides is the most effective for you.

When you decide to become pregnant, Dr. Asfouri helps you stop your birth control regimen effectively. If you have an IUD or implant, Dr. Asfouri takes it out, and pregnancy is possible immediately after removal.

You need to stop taking birth control pills if you wish to become pregnant. When you stop taking the pills, you retrigger ovulation. It may take one to two months to become pregnant after you stop birth control pills. For birth control injections, it can take even longer to become pregnant.

To learn more about available birth control options, schedule an appointment online or by phone.