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Comprehensive Contraceptive Services

What method is right for me?

  • The method you choose depends on you, your personal needs and current health. Your healthcare provider can help you decide which option suits you best.
  • We recommend looking over the great resources our partners at Bedsider have put together to learn more about the pros and cons of each method.
  • Quick Comparison of Methods:

Methods offered:

  • IUDs and implants are commonly referred to as long-acting reversible contraception (LARC). LARC methods are highly effective, long-lasting and have no daily, weekly, or monthly maintenance. The devices are easily removed when you are ready to become pregnant.
    • Implant: Nexplanon is a small plastic rod placed by a healthcare provider in your upper arm during an office visit. It provides contraception for up to 5 years.
    • IUD: The IUD is a small T-shaped device that a healthcare provider places in your uterus during an office visit. The levonorgestrel IUD (brand names Mirena or Liletta) is made of plastic, contains a small dose of hormone, and is good for up to 7 years. The Paragard IUD is made of copper and lasts up to 12 years.
  • Birth Control Pills, Patch, or Rings   contraceptive patch    Nuvaring    The Pill
    • Oral Contraceptives, also known as The Pill, are available in a variety of formulations. Your physician will talk with you about what type of pill best suits your personal and medical needs.
    • The contraceptive patch, also known as Ortho-Evra, is a hormonal contraceptive patch you place on your skin. The patch is replaced once a week.
    • The contraceptive ring, NuvaRing, is a flexible plastic ring placed inside the vagina and replaced every three weeks.
  • Birth Control Injection: Depo-Provera   Depo Provera birth control injection
    • Depo-Provera is a contraceptive injection given at your physician’s office once every three months.
  • Emergency Contraception   Ella emergency contraception    Plan B    IUD Paragard
    • Also known as the Morning After Pill, emergency contraception can be used up to 120 hours (5 days) after unprotected sex to reduce your chances of becoming pregnant. It is more effective the sooner you use it after unprotected sex. Plan B One-Step is available over the counter and without a prescription, while Ella is available only with a prescription. Paragard IUDs can also be used as emergency contraception within 5 days of unprotected sex. Ask you physician what type of EC is recommended for you.
  • Sterilization
    • Male and female sterilization are permanent forms of contraception. Sterilization for women can be done surgically. Consult with your physician about which option is best for you. Our physicians at the Women’s Options Center are able to perform female sterilization procedures.
  • Complex Contraception
    • We provide consultation and contraceptive services for patients with complex medical conditions. We specialize in innovative techniques and it is our goal to find a method that best fits your medical needs and your lifestyle. For Providers