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Dr. Betty Acker- Birth Control

In today’s Brazos Valley Physician’s Organization Journal of Medicine report, Dr. Betty Acker talks about birth control.

Popular methods of birth control that we are using these days with our patients are long-acting agents. There is a device called the Merina Intra-Uterine Device which means it’s placed inside the uterus. It is a five year method of contraception.

It’s placed in the office, in a very brief doctor’s visit and the patients have a very low failure rate. The data, the research, and common sense show that the less the patient has to do, the better the method. If a woman doesn’t have to remember to take a pill every day she’s going to have a much better success rate.

If she is using a method she only has to remember to use once a week like a birth control patch, that’s better than once a day, and if she uses something like a birth control ring that is replaced once a month, that’s better than once a week. And then if you get to these methods where every three years, five years, even there’s a device that’s every ten years, think of the ease, think of the improvement in the success rates.

The Brazos Valley Physician’s Organization is a group of independent physicians who are determined to preserve the choice and the sanctity of patient-physician relationships. Our vision is that the patient always comes first.

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