Contraceptive Options for Family Planning

Family planning and contraception is important for women of all ages. We understand the unique circumstances of our patients surrounding the family planning process and how those needs can transition throughout a lifetime. At your visit, you are encouraged to discuss your current lifestyle so we can offer all safe and effective, available options. We offer a wide range of contraceptive options that include the latest technological advancements available today.

Additionally, emergency contraception needs may arise. If this is the case, please feel welcome to contact us to arrange for fast consultative services and treatment options, such as "Plan B".

Contraception Methods We Offer to Our Patients

Combined birth control

Combined birth control includes the use of the patch, ring, and the pill. These methods release a form of estrogen and progesterone to stop ovulation and the release of eggs. This effective method of contraception may also reduce painful periods. Because the ring, the patch, and the pill are all administered differently, your doctor will discuss which option best suits your particular lifestyle.

Depo Provera

Depo Provera is a shot given to prevent pregnancy. When given within 5 days of your period, the depo provera shot is extremely effective. Each shot lasts for about 12 to 14 weeks but only performs at its maximum clinical effectiveness when shots are administered every 12 weeks. Depo Provera should be used with caution in adolescent females and those with osteoporosis due to its effects on bone density.


Intrauterine devices are small pieces of medical equipment that are inserted through the vagina and cervix into the uterus. IUDs offer safe, effective and long-lasting contraception. Depending on your personal needs, one with low dose hormones and one without are available. IUDs are typically effective within seven days following insertion. IUDs are not intended to prevent STDs.


Implanon is a matchstick-sized device that is implanted for up to three years that releases a progestin hormone to prevent pregnancy. Implanted beneath the skin, Implanon is a safe and effective method of contraception to prevent pregnancy. Implanon works by ceasing the release of eggs from the ovary.

Essure Tubal Occlusion

Essure is currently the only non-surgical, effective permanent form of birth control. Essure is placed into each of your fallopian tubes to prevent sperm from reaching your eggs. This barrier will form over time. In the meantime, we will offer other temporary forms of birth control.

Emergency contraception options

We understand not all situations can be planned or completely prevented. If you experience the need for emergency contraception, we offer an oral medication, Plan B. Please call us immediately to discuss if this may be a potentially effective option for you.

At your visit, we will discuss your personal and social needs for birth control to determine which types of contraception you are an ideal candidate for. Contraception is not the same as STD prevention. Please ask us about those options as well.


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