Birth Control and Family Planning

Thankfully, women today have a variety of birth control and family planning options available to them and their partners. With that said, choosing the right birth control can be a daunting task when fears about side effects and the impact of long-term hormone treatment are considered.

To meet the needs of as many diverse patients as possible, the Women’s Health Center offers a wide variety of birth control and family planning options. To illustrate, the Women’s Health Center offers permanent sterilization as well as dozens of different oral contraceptives known generally as “the pill.”  Additionally, the Women’s Health Center carries the Mirena® intrauterine device (IUD) which can be inserted in a 15-minute office visit and protects against pregnancy for up to 5 years.

Other patients may prefer Depo-Provera®, the NuvaRing®, or Implanon® for their birth control and family planning needs. All three are available at the Women’s Health Center.

When selecting your birth control and family planning method, consider the following: effectiveness, permanence, cost, availability, potential health risks, and protection against HIV and/or sexually transmitted infections/diseases. These are all important factors to discuss with your Women’s Health Center physician when making your selection. At that time, your physician will also take into account any current or past health conditions, current medications, and potential health risks or vulnerabilities.