The decision to start a family is a big one, and we are here to help you with contraceptive options until that time. There are a variety of birth control methods, and each person’s preferences differ. We will work with you to find what best suites your needs.
Birth Control Options
Birth control pills are 99% effective in preventing pregnancies when they are taken correctly—at the same time everyday. The pill utilizes hormones to prevent the ovaries from releasing eggs. Some pills maintain a regular 28 day cycle, and others work on an extended cycle program and only allow you to have a period every three months. It is important to work with your doctor to find which pill and hormone amount works best for your body and needs, it is not one size fits all.
Vaginal rings employ hormones as well to prevent pregnancy, but they do not require a daily pill. The Nuvaring is made of plastic and is inserted into the vagina for three weeks at a time, then removed for one week in order to have a regular period.
The patch, or Ortho Evra, can be worn on your arm, buttock, or abdomen and is changed weekly, for three weeks. It is not worn on the fourth week in order to have a regular period.
Depo-Provera is a shot given in the arm or buttock every 90 days. Each shot provides 99% protection against pregnancy for 12-14 weeks, and is effective immediately if given within the first five days after your menstrual period.
An implant is a small, matchstick rod that is inserted into your arm. It lasts for up to 3 years and may be removed at any point prior to that.
Intrauterine devices, or IUDs, are 99% effective as well, and good for up to 10 years. IUDs must be implanted and removed by your doctor. IUDs are ideal for women not looking to become pregnant within two-three years.
Tubal Ligation is a permanent sterilization surgery that prevents pregnancy. It is sometimes referred to as “having your tubes tied,” and is a procedure in which the fallopian tubes are blocked, tied or cut to prevent eggs from becoming fertilized.
Non-Surgical Options (Essure®)
Essure is an in-office procedure in which small inserts are placed in the fallopian tubes. Over the course of about three months, your body will use the implants to create a natural barrier within the fallopian tube to prevent eggs from reaching the uterus. This is a permanent, irreversible birth control method, preferred by many due to its non-surgical nature. Learn more about Essure here.