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Which Form of Contraception Is Best for You?

Posted on March 7th, 2016 by Pacific Family Practice in Women's Health

Which Form of Contraception Is Best for You? Shot

At Pacific Family Practice, we offer a range of contraceptive options in order to best fit your lifestyle. Not every form of contraception works for every woman, as needs and family planning goals are likely to change from your teenage years to your 20s, 30s, and 40s. We are dedicated to working with patients when their birth control needs change. We hope you’ll explore our contraceptive options below and discuss which best suits your lifestyle during your next appointment with Pacific Family Practice.

“The pill”
This oral contraceptive, referred to as “the pill,” is one of the most commonly used forms of birth control. Patients take one pill each day at the same time over the course of the month until menstruation. Safe and effective, the pill prevents pregnancy by utilizing estrogen and progestin, two hormones that work together to increase the thickness of a woman’s cervical mucus. This keeps sperm away from eggs and keeps eggs from leaving the ovaries.

Depo-Provera
Known as the birth control shot, Depo-Provera is an injection that is used to prevent pregnancy. Each shot, administered in the arm, lasts for three months, and releases the hormone progestin directly into the body. It is safe, effective, and convenient when compared to a daily pill. However, you will need to schedule and attend quarterly visits with Pacific Family Practice in order to continue effective pregnancy prevention.

IUD
The IUD, or intrauterine device, is a small T-shaped device that releases progestin directly into the uterus to prevent contraception. An IUD can be inserted and removed by a trained Pacific Family Practice provider. Women find the IUD to be very convenient, as it does not require a daily pill or regular visits. Each IUD can last up to five years, so this form of contraception is generally recommended for those who do not wish to begin trying for a pregnancy for that period of time.

Nexplanon

About the size of a match, Nexplanon is an implant inserted into a patient’s upper arm. It can last up to three years and uses progestin to stop pregnancy from occurring. It is safe, effective, and very convenient.

Patients should note that the contraceptive options listed above are typically 100% covered by most insurance plans. We encourage patients interested in learning more about birth control to schedule an exam today.

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