Contraceptive Counseling Specialist

Women's Global Health of Northern Virginia

OBGYN located in McLean, VA

With so many innovative types of contraception available nowadays, many of them over 99% effective at preventing unwanted pregnancy, it can be overwhelming to decide which one is right for you. But with the help of board-certified OB/GYN Bita Motesharrei, MD, FACOG, you can undergo one-on-one contraceptive counseling at Women's Global Health of Northern Virginia. Book your contraceptive counseling visit at this McLean, Virginia-based medical practice today. Click on the online scheduler or call to speak with a team member.

Contraceptive Counseling Q & A

Which types of contraception are most effective?

Finding the right type of family planning solution for your needs can be a challenge. But one of the most important things to consider is efficacy: You want your birth control to have a very low failure rate. 

Oral contraceptives — the pill — still continue to be one of the most widely used forms of contraception. But in order to achieve the optimal effectiveness rate, you have to take your pill at the same time every single day. 

As an alternative, you can opt for a hormonal implant, a small rod that’s inserted into your arm, or an intrauterine device (IUD), which needs to be inserted into your uterus. These modern forms of contraception last for years at a time and have proven to be over 99% effective at preventing unwanted pregnancy.

But the vaginal ring, which is about 93% effective, and the birth control shot, which is around 96% effective, also continue to be some of the top-requested forms of contraception. 

What can I expect from contraceptive counseling?

When you come in to Women's Global Health of Northern Virginia for your contraception counseling session, Dr. Motesharrei sits and talks with you about the different types of birth control and educates you about how they work.

She ensures you have the information you need to make an informed decision about your contraception. To help Dr. Motesharrei better guide you to the best birth control option for you, she needs to know:

  • When you might want to have children
  • If you have multiple sexual partners
  • If you or your partner have a history of STDs

It’s important to note that none of these previously mentioned birth control solutions protects you from sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Because of this, Dr. Motesharrei might spend time talking with you about STD prevention, like pairing your contraception with a condom. 

Dr. Motesharrei might need to conduct an exam, which may include a pelvic exam, and run some labs during your contraceptive counseling appointment. 

How do I prepare for contraceptive counseling?

To help you prepare for your contraceptive counseling session with Dr. Motesharrei, it’s helpful to know your birth control history. If possible, bring your previous medical records, or transfer them over, and make a list of the different formularies and dosages you’ve tried.

You might also want to talk with your partner about contraception or bring them to your appointment with you, so they can be involved in the decision-making process. 

Book your contraceptive counseling appointment at Women's Global Health of Northern Virginia directly through the website. You can even call to schedule a visit over the phone.