Birth Control Specialist

Pinecroft OBGYN

Samuel Bharksuwan, MD, FACOG

OB-GYN located in Spring, TX

Birth control puts the power of family planning in the hands of women. Whether a woman is looking for a permanent or long-term birth control solution or wants something more flexible, Dr. Samuel Bharksuwan of Pinecroft OBGYN in Spring, Texas and the greater Houston area, has a number of solutions. With his care and guidance, women can embrace family planning in a way that works for them.

Birth Control Q & A

What types of birth control can women use?

Women who wish to prevent pregnancy have several birth control methods to consider. Some of the prescription options include:

  • Intrauterine device (IUD)
  • Birth control pills
  • Birth control rings
  • Depo-Provera
  • Tubal ligation

Dr. Bharksuwan will work with his patients to choose a birth control method that is the best solution for their unique needs and goals.

How do birth control pills work?

Birth control pills contain synthetic hormones that stop the body from ovulating. Synthetic estrogen will stop the pituitary gland from releasing the hormones that trigger ovulation, while synthetic progestin makes the uterine lining inhospitable to a fertilized egg.

How do birth control rings work?

Birth control rings are placed inside the body to deliver hormones similar to those in the birth control pill. The birth control ring is placed in the vagina to deliver the hormones through the wall of the vagina. It's worn for 3 weeks then removed to allow menstruation.

How do IUDs work?

IUDs are t-shaped devices inserted into the vagina to prevent pregnancy. Most IUDs use a synthetic form of progestin to prevent pregnancy and can be left in the vagina for 3-5 years. Copper IUDs don't use hormones, but rather cause the uterus and fallopian tubes to produce a fluid that's toxic to sperm, thus preventing pregnancy. Copper IUDs can remain in place and effective for up to 10 years.

How does Depo-Provera work?

Depo-Provera is a hormonal injection that can prevent pregnancy for up to 3 months. The shot is made up of progestin, which thickens the mucus lining of the cervix so sperm can't advance through it and fertilize the egg. It also works to make the uterus inhospitable to a fertilized egg.

What is a tubal ligation?

Tubal ligation refers to the surgical blocking, tying, or cutting of the fallopian tubes, which prevents eggs from traveling from the ovaries into the fallopian tubes where they could become fertilized. This is a permanent birth control method for women who are done having babies. For more information about tubal ligation and other birth control methods, schedule an appointment with Dr. Bharksuwan.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

At the office of Dr. Bharksuwan, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.

Aetna
Anthem Blue Cross
Assurant Health
Beech Street
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Cigna
Humana
Memorial Hermann
PHCS
United Healthcare