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Birth Control Specialist

James A. Watson, MD -  - OBGYN

James A. Watson, MD

OBGYN located in Gilroy, CA

If you’re sexually active but want to avoid pregnancy, James A. Watson, MD, and his experienced OB/GYN team in Gilroy, California, offer solutions. They provide advanced short-acting, long-acting, and sterilization birth control to meet your personalized needs. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Watson over the phone or online to learn more about your options.

Birth Control Q & A

What is birth control?

Birth control is a treatment that helps you avoid becoming pregnant when you’re sexually active. Birth control works in a number of ways: by preventing sperm from reaching your eggs, by preventing the ovaries from releasing eggs, or by permanently preventing pregnancy with sterilization. The right birth control option for you is based on your lifestyle, future pregnancy plans, and preferences.

What are the different types of birth control?

Dr. Watson and his team offer numerous birth control options to match your needs including:

Birth control pills

Birth control pills are safe, effective, and convenient. They are cost effective and easy to obtain with a prescription. You must remember to take a pill every day.

Birth control patches

A birth control patch is a tiny patch that sticks to your skin to prevent pregnancy. It’s safe, effective, convenient, and cost effective, and it’s easy to obtain with a prescription.

NuvaRing

NuvaRing® is a tiny ring you place in your vagina once monthly. It’s safe, convenient, cost effective, and easy to obtain with a prescription.

Intrauterine devices (IUDs)

IUDs are tiny, T-shaped devices that Dr. Watson can insert into your uterus to prevent pregnancy. They must be inserted by a health care provider but can last two years or longer. IUDs are removable if you’d like to become pregnant.

Mirena® is a special IUD that can prevent pregnancy for up to five years. It also helps reduce heavy periods and is covered by most insurance companies.

Paragard® is an IUD wrapped with natural copper. It’s hormone-free and can prevent pregnancy for up to 10 years. A simple monthly self-check is required, and it’s covered by most insurances.

Implanon implants

Implanon is a matchstick-sized rod that Dr. Watson inserts in your upper arm just beneath the skin to prevent pregnancy. It’s safe, convenient, effective, and can last up to three years.

Sterilization

Common sterilization procedures (permanent birth control) for women include a hysterectomy and tubal ligation or occlusion.

Which birth control method is right for me?

The right birth control option for you depends on your lifestyle and whether you’d like to have children in the future. Dr. Watson reviews the pros and cons of each method to find one that matches your personalized needs.

Don’t take a chance of becoming pregnant when you’re not ready. Schedule a birth control consultation with Dr. Watson and his team over the phone or online today.