At Lacamas Medical Group, we offer our patients many different methods of birth control to meet different lifestyles. These range from daily to long-lasting solutions.
Below are several of the most common birth control methods we prescribe:
Daily Birth Control Pills or Oral Contraceptives
There are several different manufacturers of oral contraceptives. Your medical provider can discuss which one is the best fit for you based upon your needs and your body.
As inferred, with oral contraceptives, a pill is be taken each day to prevent pregnancy. Oral contraceptives do not protect against HIV (AIDS) or any other sexually transmitted diseases. Birth control pills are affordable for most budgets.
Hormonal Patches and Rings
Ortho Evra® is a contraceptive patch used for the prevention of pregnancy and is a convenient, weekly application that can fit well with a busy lifestyle, using the “Patch” is simple. The patch may be placed on your upper outer arm, abdomen, buttock, or back. These are available by prescription only. Talk to your medical provider and discuss this form of birth control in detail prior to using. This type of contraception does not protect against HIV (AIDS) or any other sexually transmitted diseases.
NuvaRing® is a small, flexible birth control ring that helps prevent pregnancy. The NuvaRing® is self-administered, inserted vaginally and removed yourself, similar to a tampon. Once inserted, NuvaRing® stays in for three weeks then removed. After another week, start the process over again. This method of birth control has been shown to be 98% effective when used as directed, but as other forms of contraception, this does not protect you against HIV (AIDS) or any other sexually transmitted diseases.
Depo-Provera® is a method of birth control medicine that is injected into the body preventing pregnancy for up to three months. Depo-Provera® is very similar to progesterone, a hormone normally produced by the ovaries every month as part of the menstrual cycle. Depo-Provera® prevents pregnancy by preventing ovulation (the release of an egg from the ovary). Depo-Provera® is injected into the buttock or upper arm. The first shot should be given within five days after the beginning of a normal menstrual period. This method of birth control is considered as effective as having a tubal ligation, or having your tubes tied. Like every other form of contraception, injectable contraceptives do not protect you against HIV (AIDS) or any other sexually transmitted diseases.
Implants and IUDs
Implanon® is a long-term contraceptive implanted by your health care provider or gynecologist. Implanon® is a three-year contraceptive, but can be removed early if pregnancy is desired.
What you should expect when getting an Implanon® insertion: You will normally lie on your back with the arm that will receive the implant held out and bent at the elbow, positioned near your head. Your health care provider will locate a groove between the biceps and triceps muscles on the inner side of your upper arm and inject a local anesthetic. Then using an applicator, your physician will insert the contraceptive just beneath your skin, above your large blood vessels and nerves. Removal is a very similar process. Implanon removal typically takes less than five minutes.
An IUD is a small, flexible contraceptive device that is inserted into the uterus to prevent pregnancy. The letters IUD stand for intrauterine device. An IUD is usually made of plastic and is shaped like the letter T. This contraceptive method is long lasting, typically five to ten years, safe, and extremely effective. There are currently two IUD brands available in the United States: Mirena® and ParaGard®. The IUD is the most popular form of reversible birth control in the world.
The insertion and removal of IUDs is performed by your medical provider or gynecologist. It is an office procedure requiring specific patient preparation and technical skills. IUDs do not protect you against HIV (AIDS) or other sexually transmitted diseases.