Emily Sikking, MD/OBGYN, provides family planning services for patients in Santa Monica, CA. An expert in women’s health, Dr. Sikking spends time with each patient to ensure she is able to address their family planning needs in a safe and effective way.
Birth control is a broad term used to describe any method available for preventing conception from sexual intercourse.
There are many ways women can choose to prevent conception:
No method is right or wrong; each woman has to decide which birth control method helps her plan her family in a way that makes sense, is safe and healthy, and is aligned with her personal beliefs.
Yes, birth control pills may be prescribed to regulate menstrual cycles, reduce acne, alleviate heavy bleeding, and more. Although condoms are an effective birth control method, they also protect the patient from the transmission of sexually transmitted disease.
Not all patients are able to take birth control pills safely. Dr. Sikking reviews each patient’s medical history, family history, and treatment goals to determine the safest options for them. It’s especially important that women who are over 35 and smoke don’t take birth control that contains estrogen. In addition, women with a history of blood clots, diabetes, uncontrolled blood pressure, heart attack, breast cancer, stroke, or migraines with visual disturbances avoid combination pills, which can put them at increased risk of complications.
An IUD is a great, worry-free method of birth control for women, offering multiple benefits. IUDs are:
Dr. Sikking is qualified and experienced in helping women who are trying to conceive by assisting them in preparing their bodies for pregnancy, improving their chances of conception, and testing for infertility problems. Women who need advanced infertility treatment are referred to a trusted infertility specialist.
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"I couldn't ask for a better OBGYN. Dr. Sikking is realistic, funny, honest and approachable."
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"Dr. Sikking is amazing. She delivered both my children. I highly recommend her. She is easy to talk to and open minded."
"I had a wonderful experience delivering my first with Dr. Sikking. I continue to recommend her to all of my friends and all of them have had a positive experience."