Women of all ages, from teen to premenopause, use contraception to prevent pregnancy. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 62% of women between the ages of 15 and 44 use some method of birth control. Practicing safe sex and getting STD tests regularly are important parts of keeping yourself healthy. At Blossom Women’s Health Center in Alpharetta, Georgia, Dr. Laquita Martinez, MD, FACOG, and her team help women find the right birth control method for their lifestyle and offer STD testing to help keep them healthy. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Martinez to learn more about birth control and STD testing.
There are many different kinds of birth control. Short-acting hormonal methods, like the pill, are some of the most popular contraceptives. Birth control pills need to be taken every day, while skin patches need to be replaced every few weeks.
IUDs, a long-acting hormonal method, are small plastic devices inserted into your uterus. IUDs are inserted in the office and do not require any downtime. IUDs are 99% effective, making them one of the easiest and most effective contraception methods. And, if you want to get pregnant, your IUD can be easily removed.
Choosing the right contraception is a personal decision and Dr. Martinez can help you make an informed choice.
It’s common for STDs to have no visible symptoms — in women or men — which is one reason why STD screening is important if you are sexually active.
Taking into account your age, lifestyle, and sexual history, Dr. Martinez may suggest STD tests at regular intervals. Women between ages 21 and 65 should have a Pap test, which tests for HPV, every three years.
Pap tests examine cells of the cervix, looking for abnormalities. HPV is one of the most common causes of abnormal Pap smears, and HPV usually does not have visible symptoms.
Dr. Martinez will address abnormal Pap results immediately. Dr. Martinez and the team at Blossom Women’s Health Center can help you find the right contraception solution for your lifestyle and help you protect your health with STD screenings.
Call our office today to schedule your first appointment.