Gynecology: Contraceptive Options

The choice of an appropriate birth control method is among the most important aspects of a woman’s health care.

Extensive research has confirmed that a birth control method is most effective if a woman is comfortable with it and familiar with it and if she is involved in the selection of a method for herself. In such cases the likelihood of undesirable side effects is greatly reduced and the effectiveness of the method (pregnancy protection) is actually increased.

We will be happy to discuss and review options for birth control at any office visit.

Present recommended birth control methods include:

  • Condoms with a spermicide
  • Diaphragm with a spermicide
  • Sponge
Hormonal methods
  • Birth control pills
  • Vaginal contraceptive ring (“NuvaRing”)
  • Contraceptive Patch
  • Injection methods – “Depo-Provera” 3-month injection
Long-Term reversible birth control methods also include
  • Intrauterine devices (IUD’s), also placed in the office
  • Mirena, Liletta, ParaGard and Sklya may be placed during and in office appointment.

Permanent sterilization (“Tubal Ligation” and similar methods) and vasectomy for men are also long-term birth control methods; they are considered permanent rather than reversible. These methods generally involve a brief outpatient surgical procedure. We are pleased to provide tubal ligation and similar surgical sterilization procedures for our patients. For couples who are considering vasectomy we will be happy to assist in arranging a consultation appointment with a urologist.