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Choosing a contraceptive can be overwhelming. At the Women’s Medicine Collaborative, we know there are dozens of contraceptives to choose from, and it can be difficult to identify which method works best for you. We provide personalized care to help you make the best contraceptive choice for you.
Birth control comes in many forms, and each method may work differently to suit each woman’s needs. The hormones released from contraceptives regulate the functioning of the body’s reproductive organs. All the currently available options for birth control (excluding vasectomy for men) are offered, including the following. Expand a selection below to learn more.
Contraception is available in different forms, including a pill, mini-pill (progesterone-only pill), patch, vaginal ring, injection, intrauterine device (IUD), and implantable rod. There is a nonhormonal IUD available called the Paragard or copper IUD—the remainder of these options are hormonal.
Progesterone-only forms of birth control include the Depo-Provera injection, the Nexplanon rod, the mini-pill, and the hormonal IUDs. These methods can be given to breastfeeding mothers and women who have certain medical conditions in which estrogen may not be advised.
All forms of birth control have different risks and benefits. Effectiveness also varies—the long-acting methods (IUDs and Nexplanon) are the most effective. It is important to choose a method of birth control based on your medical history. Please contact your provider to discuss your options and choose the best method for you.
Bedsider.org, a medically accurate resource, can help you review your options.
Barrier methods decrease the risk of pregnancy by blocking sperm from reaching the uterus.
Types of barriers are:
The use of spermicide with some of these methods is recommended. Male condoms are the best defense against sexually transmitted infections.
Permanent sterilization includes tubal ligation, tubal occlusion, and vasectomy. In women, we commonly call this "having your tubes tied." These options are for women who do not want children. We offer sterilization for women, including laparoscopic tubal ligation, and postpartum tubal ligation.
If you think permanent sterilization might be right for you, please contact your provider to discuss the risks and benefits and review your medical history.