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Birth Control Specialist

Karen Taylor, MD -  - Gynecologist

Karen Taylor, MD

Gynecologist located in Newport Beach, CA

Dr. Karen Taylor is a trusted provider of birth control for women throughout the Newport Beach, California region. Her experience and knowledge enable her to provide each patient with the information necessary to select the best type of birth control based on their unique needs and preferences.

Birth Control Q & A

What types of birth control are available?

Several types of birth control are available to help women have more options based on their lifestyle and other factors. The birth control pill is perhaps the most widely recognized form of contraception and has been used for several decades. Diaphragms, intrauterine devices (IUDs), and arm implants are other popular types of birth control, each of which offers different advantages or benefits to specific patients.

How can I tell which type of birth control is right for me?

Choosing a type of birth control is a highly personal decision that’s best made once the patient understands all her options. The first step in deciding which type of birth control is best is to schedule an office visit to learn about all the types of contraception in order to make an informed choice.

Which birth control pill is best for me?

The birth control pill is one of the most popular forms of birth control. It was first invented in 1960, but it has changed a lot over the decades. The amount of hormones has decreased and this has decreased the number of side effects women experience. We also don’t always take a placebo pill to have a withdrawal bleed or pill period every month. There are approximately 50 different types of pills and knowing the amount of estrogen and the type of progesterone a patient needs will depend on why a patient is taking the pill. Are you looking to prevent painful periods, acne, PMS, bloating, depression or headaches? Dr. Karen Taylor can help find you the right pill and work closely with you until you do.

Will any of these birth control methods prevent STDs?

No, none of these methods are designed to reduce STD transmission risk. Condoms can reduce the risk of getting an STD, but it’s vitally important to be screened for STDs on a regular basis in addition to practicing safe sex.

What is arm implant birth control?

Arm implant birth control uses multiple, tiny devices implanted into the fleshy part of the upper arm to prevent pregnancy. The device releases hormones on a steady basis. Once implanted, the device will not be visible, but it can be felt just under the surface of the skin. The arm implant can be inserted during a simple procedure performed right in the office. Implants need to be changed every few years. Removal can also be performed in the office and requires a small incision under local anesthesia.

How does a diaphragm work?

Diaphragms fit closely over the opening of the uterus (the cervix), helping to block sperm and prevent it from entering the uterus and meeting with an egg (ovum). To increase their effectiveness, diaphragms should always be used in combination with a spermicide to kill sperm. A diaphragm “fitting” will be performed to ensure the best possible fit for greater efficacy, and patients will receive instructions on how to insert the diaphragm during their office visit.