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Contraception / Birth Control

We support all women in their family planning decisions. Contraception supports women in their choice of when and if they wish to become pregnant and can have other benefits like improving painful or heavy periods. Each method of birth control has its own set of benefits and risks and your healthcare provider can help you sort through which option is best for you.

Birth Control has different levels of effectiveness but your chances of conceiving are lowest if you consistently and correctly use the method you and your healthcare provider discussed.

Below is a summary of some of the options available:

  • Intrauterine devices or IUDs (Mirena, Skyla, Liletta, Kyleena, ParaGard): T-shaped device that your provider inserts during a pelvic exam in the office. Both hormonal and non-hormonal options are available and last anywhere from 3 to 10 years.
  • Arm implant (Nexplanon): Small plastic rod placed under the skin of the arm. This device slowly releases progesterone and lasts for 3 years.
  • Birth control pills: Oral pills that must be taken around the same time every day.
  • Birth control patch: Skin patch that you change weekly
  • Birth control ring (Nuvaring): plastic ring placed vaginally that you change monthly
  • Birth control shot (Depo-provera): shot given in your doctor's office every 3 months
  • Condoms: both latex and non-latex available. Even though condoms are not the most effective option for preventing pregnancy, they are very important for preventing sexual transmitted infections
  • Abstinence: not having sex at all
  • Female sterilization: Is a permanent form of birth control which can be done either at the time of a delivery or as a separate surgical procedure; may require a small amount of recovery time. This option is permanent so should only be used for women who are sure they are done having children.

Find an OB/GYN and schedule an appointment to discuss which method of contraception is best for you.