When the Family is Complete

Contraception

Pregnancy can be the most beautiful and fulfilling experience in a woman's life. But an unplanned pregnancy can also throw your life into turmoil. Finding the method of birth control that's just right for you means having plenty of options.

Contraception can reduce the risk of pregnancy. There are many types of birth control methods. Some forms of birth control require a doctor's prescription or a medical procedure, while others may be purchased as over-the-counter products. Some forms of birth control are temporary and others are permanent and cannot be reversed.

The more common forms of contraception in the United States include behavioral methods, over-the-counter products, prescription products, and permanent procedures. That's why we offer a full range of choices, including pills, IUDs, injections, and permanent techniques. We will be happy to take the time to discuss any questions you may have regarding contraception. Not all health insurance providers cover each form of birth control so it is important that you check with you health insurer to verify coverage.

Mirena® IUD — A Birth Control Option Without a Daily Routine

Want effective birth control you don't have to think about every day, every week, or even every year? That's Mirena® (levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system), a hormone-releasing contraceptive that is placed in your uterus. Mirena® is over 99% effective at preventing pregnancy for as long as you want, for up to 5 years. With Mirena®, all you have to do is check your threads every month. Mirena® is also the first and only contraceptive FDA-approved to treat heavy periods in women who choose intrauterine contraception. Only you and your health care provider can decide if Mirena® is right for you. Mirena® is recommended for women who already have had a child.

  • Don't use Mirena® if you have a pelvic infection, get infections easily, or have certain cancers. Less than 1% of users get a serious infection called pelvic inflammatory disease. If you have persistent pelvic or abdominal pain, see your health care provider.
  • Mirena® may attach to or go through the wall of the uterus and cause other problems. If Mirena® comes out, use back-up birth control and call your health care provider immediately.
  • Although uncommon, pregnancy while using Mirena® can be life threatening and may result in loss of the pregnancy or fertility.
  • Ovarian cysts may occur and usually disappear.
  • Bleeding and spotting may increase in the first few months and continue to be irregular. Periods over time may become shorter, lighter or even stop.

Mirena® does not protect against HIV (AIDS) or other sexually transmitted diseases. Mirena® is a registered trademark of Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals.

Paragard IUD

ParaGard is an intrauterine device (IUD) that's inserted into the uterus for long-term contraception. A T-shaped plastic frame that continuously releases copper, ParaGard prevents sperm from entering the fallopian tubes. If fertilization occurs, ParaGard keeps the fertilized egg from implanting in the lining of the uterus. After insertion, ParaGard's plastic strings protrude from the cervix. ParaGard is the only copper IUD that has Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval in the U.S. ParaGard prevents pregnancy for up to 10 years after insertion. ParaGard doesn't offer protection from sexually transmitted infections (STI's). 

Implanon® Contraception

Implanon® is a small, thin, implantable hormonal contraceptive that is effective for up to three years. It was approved in July, 2006 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.   

  • Effective - Implanon® is more than 99% effective: the chance of getting pregnant is 1 pregnancy per 100 women who use Implanon® for 1 year when IMPLANON® is inserted correctly.(a) Implanon® prevents pregnancy in several ways. Impalanon prevents the release of an egg from the ovary. Implanon® also thickens the cervical mucus, which acts as a barrier to prevent sperm from fertilizing an egg.
  • Discreet - Most women can't see Implanon® after insertion.
  • Long-acting - One Implanon® provides up to 3 full years of contraceptive protection.(a)

(a) Implanon® must be removed by the end of the third year and may be replaced with a new Implanon®. It is not known if Implanon® is as effective in very overweight women because studies did not include this group. Tell your healthcare provider about any medicines you are taking, or intend to take, including over-the-counter medicines, herbal remedies, and prescription medicines. Certain medicines may make Implanon® less effective and you may need to use a barrier method of contraception as backup.

Implanon® does not protect against HIV (AIDS) or other sexually transmitted diseases.

Implanon® is a registered trademark of Schering-Plough Corporation

ESSURE® - Permanent Birth Control    

When you are done having children, choose Essure®, the most effective* permanent birth control available – even more effective than tying your tubes. Besides being surgery-free and hormone-free, the quick procedure is performed in a doctor’s office with no slowing down to recover so you can get back to your family right away.

The Essure procedure was designed with busy moms like you in mind so you won’t need to take time away from your busy life. During this quick procedure, a doctor places the soft, flexible Essure inserts into your fallopian tubes through the natural pathways of your vagina and cervix, so no incision is necessary. The inserts are made of the same material that is used and proven safe in heart stents and other medical devices.

Over the next three months, your body works with the inserts to form a natural barrier in your fallopian tubes. This barrier prevents sperm from reaching the egg so that pregnancy cannot occur. During this three-month period, you must continue to use another form of birth control.
To provide you with the confidence that you are protected from unplanned pregnancy, you’ll have an Essure Confirmation Test. This test verifies that the inserts are in place and your fallopian tubes are fully blocked.

Essure is covered by major health insurance providers, including Medicaid. Once you have Essure, you’ll never have to worry about unplanned pregnancy or remembering to take your birth control again.    

Tubal Ligation

Tubal ligation, also known as "tying the tubes," is a form of sterilization. One or two small incisions are made in the abdomen at the navel and a laparoscope is inserted. Using instruments that are inserted through these incisions, the fallopian tubes are coagulated (burned) or sealed shut with a small clip placed on the tube. The patient is able to return home a few hours after the procedure. Tubal ligation can be performed at the time of a cesarean section.     RETURN TO TOP »


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