Contraception, also known as birth control, uses medications, devices, and surgical procedures to prevent the onset of pregnancy. Some forms of contraception can be used to help regulate menstrual periods and treat medical conditions. Methods of contraception can range from reversible to permanent and offer a variety of solutions for preventing pregnancy. At the Women’s Health Group, we offer a variety of products and procedures, and our physicians can discuss these options and take care in listening to your desires and goals for the future. Our providers aim towards giving you the best options for your health – we recognize that every stage of a woman’s life is valuable and that patient-centered decisions are an essential part of beneficial contraceptive use.
Reversible Contraception Options
Our practice aims to give access to women’s contraception. These methods focus on the health benefits of preventing pregnancy and giving more positive implications for using contraception. Our options for reversible contraceptives can be reviewed through our Contraception Options/Comparison Chart. Some of our most highlighted forms of contraception include:
- Birth Control Pills – Birth control pills can provide continuous contraceptive protection when taking according to its directions. Birth control pills can be halted at any point and can help control menstrual problems such as irregular periods and hormone imbalances. It can increase the risk of clots and heart attacks and give common side effects such as nausea, headaches, and weight gain.
- NuvaRing – This contraceptive is a self-applied vaginal ring inserted for three-week intervals, with one week off. Nuva Ring provides good cycle control and requires no other maintenance. The risks associated with Nuva Ring include the ring becoming expelled and has similar side effects and risks to birth control.
- Nexplanon – This insertable device can protect for up to 3 years, and releases the hormone progestin into the body to protect against pregnancies. It must be inserted by a physician and may cause irregular/ loss of periods.
- Intrauterine Device (IUD) – An IUD can protect against pregnancy for up to 10 years and needs monthly monitoring to ensure proper functioning. It’s a non-hormonal contraceptive, and some of the risks include puncturing the uterus upon insertion, may be expelled by the body, and an increased risk of infections.
- Liletta – Providing contraception for up to 3 years reduces the number of bleeding days per month and needs monthly monitoring to ensure proper function. It poses the same risks as an IUD, with some hormonal side effects such as irregular bleeding within the first three months.
Permanent Contraception Options
Tubal Ligation – A surgical procedure involving cutting the Fallopian tubes and then tying/blocking them permanently to prevent the egg from traveling to the ovaries.
Essure (Tubal Occlusion) – Micro-inserts are placed into the fallopian tubes, working as a natural barrier from sperm cells. Over time, the fallopian tubes will close. As a non-hormonal procedure, it requires no incisions and three months of alternative birth control.
Vasectomy – A vasectomy is performed on the male partner, vasectomies cuts, and ties off the close the sperm ducts or vas deferens to prevent sperm cells from reaching the semen.
Questions To Ask Our Practitioner About Birth Control Options
Patients seeking birth control options often have questions about their choices and their health while using them. Below we’ve provided answers to some of the most common questions:
- What Birth Control Option Is Right For Me? There is no one birth control that’s right for everyone, so the answer to this question will depend on numerous factors. These include your level of sexual activity, when or if you ever want to get pregnant, your number of partners, and how realistic the method is for you. (Example: Can you take a pill every day reliably?)
- Is Sterilization An Option You Provide? Women’s Health Group is proud to provide women who are done having children, or have decided they never want to have children, with sterilization options. Your body, your life, your choice, we’re here for you.
- Will I Need A Prescription For Birth Control? Some forms of birth control do require a prescription, while others are available in over-the-counter form. All forms of hormonal birth control, such as the pill and NuvaRing, require a prescription to obtain.
What Are The Benefits Of Getting Birth Control From Women’s Health Group?
Women’s Health Group prides itself on providing family planning for every type of patient. Working with our practitioner you’ll be able to decide on the type of birth control that will best suit you and your lifestyle. Whether you just want to be sure you don’t get pregnant until the time is right, or are holding out until you can select a permanent birth control solution as part of a child-free lifestyle, Women’s Health Group is here to help.