Reproductive Health Care
At Conway OBGYN, we’re dedicated to helping you make informed decisions about your reproductive health. We offer a wide variety of birth control options and will work with you to understand which contraceptive method will work best for you and meet your individual needs.
Birth Control Methods
An Intrauterine Device (IUD) is a small, T-shaped device that’s placed in your uterus. IUDs prevent pregnancy through a combination of the foreign body effect of the plastic frame and the release of medication (copper or hormone).
IUDs are over 99% effective when inserted properly and last anywhere from 3-10 years, depending on the type of IUD you choose. IUDs have also been shown to relieve painful menstrual cramps and lighten heavy periods. They can be removed at any time with an immediate return to fertility. They do not prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
NuvaRing is a monthly contraceptive option that is inserted into the vagina for three weeks at a time, with a one week break. NuvaRing is a vaginal ring that uses two types of hormones, estrogen and progestin (the same hormones used in birth control pills), to prevent pregnancy. NuvaRing does not prevent STIs.
Similar to NuvaRing, the contraceptive patch contains estrogen and progestin, slowly releasing the hormones throughout the week. The patch should be applied once a week for three weeks, a total of 21 days. During the fourth week, you don’t wear a patch, allowing you to menstruate. They do not prevent STIs.
Phexxi is a hormone-free gel that affects the pH level of the vagina to make it inhabitable to sperm, preventing them from reaching and fertilizing an egg. Phexxi comes in an easy-to-use applicator similar to a tampon. When you’re ready to have sex, you’ll prep, insert the applicator, and release the gel into your vagina. Phexxi should be applied within an hour before sex and you only use it when you need it. Phexxi is 99% effective at preventing pregnancy. It does not prevent STIs.
Depo-Provera is a contraceptive injection that contains the hormone progestin. Depo-Provera is injected every three months and suppresses ovulation, preventing your ovaries from releasing an egg and thickening your cervical mucus. The injection does not prevent STIs.
Nexplanon is a small contraceptive implant that’s inserted under the skin of your inner arm. It works by using the hormone progestin to stop an egg from being released by your ovary, preventing sperm from reaching the egg, and thinning the lining of your uterus.
Nexplanon is over 99% effective at preventing pregnancy and lasts for three years. It can be removed at any time with a quick return to fertility. Nexplanon does not prevent STIs.
Tubal Ligation or Salpingectomy
Tubal ligation is a permanent birth control method that surgically closes or your fallopian tubes. Salpingectomy is another permanent method that involves the surgical removal of your fallopian tubes. By closing or removing the fallopian tube, sperm will no longer have access to an egg, preventing the possibility of future pregnancies. These procedures can be performed at any time or in combination with other abdominal surgeries. This method is almost 100% effective and you’ll still have a normal menstrual cycle. These procedures do not prevent STIs.
Oral Birth Control
Birth control pills are one of the most common contraceptive methods women choose. There are two main types of oral hormonal contraception: the combined pill and the progesterone-only pill. The combination pill contains both estrogen and progestin while the other contains only progestin. Of these two types, there are many options to choose from and your doctor will help you decide what’s best for you. Oral contraceptives do not prevent STIs.
Committed to Your Sexual Health
At Conway OBGYN, we’re dedicated to providing you with access to safe, quality contraceptives and family planning services. We know this is an important decision and we want you to feel confident and informed in whatever you choose. Your doctor will be able to walk you through all the benefits and risks of the different contraceptive methods at your contraceptive counseling appointment.
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