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Family Planning - Birth Control

Family Planning - Birth Control

Deciding when and how you start a family are serious and deeply personal issues. Dr. Brown can help you review the many birth control methods that are available today. The main categories are:

  • Barrier methods like condoms, a diaphragm, cervical cap, contraceptive sponge, and spermicides. In general, barrier methods are slightly less reliable in stopping pregnancy, but they may be a good choice for women who can't use hormones.
  • Hormonal methods that use estrogen, progestin, or both to stop ovulation or fertilization. Methods include the pill, the patch, the vaginal ring, and a hormonal injection called Depo-Provera. Some women experience side effects, such as bleeding between periods, headaches, and nausea.
  • Implanted devices, like the IUD, which is a T-shaped device placed in the uterus to prevent pregnancy. There are hormonal (Mirena/ Skyla) and non-hormonal (Paragard) IUD options available. There is also a hormonal rod (Implanon) that can be implanted in the arm, which can last three years. 
  • Sterilization is only an option for men or women who wish to permanently prevent pregnancy. For women, it includes cutting, tying off, or blocking the fallopian tubes.

    For men, the procedure is called a vasectomy and is usually performed by an urologist. A vasectomy prevents the release of sperm when a man ejaculates. It is a simple outpatient procedure and is usually less expensive, less invasive and associated with less potential risks than any sterilization procedure a woman may have. 

    For women, sterilization can be performed at the time of a cesarean section or with a minimally invasive procedure such as a laparoscopic tubal ligation or a hysteroscopic Essure procedure. The Essure system is a type of permanent birth control for women, in which two small metal and fiber coils are placed in the fallopian tubes to provide permanent blockage. A benefit of the Essure procedure is that there are no incisions involved. Sterilization is not reversible in most cases. 
  • Emergency contraception is available over the counter (Plan B). It contains a high dose of hormones that prevent pregnancy if taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex, or in case of other birth control failure.

When the time is right for you to consider children, Dr. Brown can help you take the steps to prepare your body. Simple things like starting at a healthy weight and beginning prenatal vitamins can help you and your baby enjoy a happy, healthy pregnancy.

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