Oral contraceptives are hormone based pills, containing estrogen, progestin, or both. They prevent pregnancy by stopping ovulation, which means that there's no egg for sperm to fertilize. This type of contraception can be highly effective — over 99% — if you use it perfectly.
However, the majority of oral contraceptive users miss occasional doses or take doses at less than optimal times. This can lower the effectiveness of oral contraceptives to around 92%.
Oral contraceptives can have other significant benefits, including reducing or eliminating bleeding during menstruation.
Oral contraceptives are obtained by prescription only. There are a number of different brands of oral contraceptives, each with a different level and mix of hormones. You may need to try a couple of different brands before you find the one that works best for you.
An IUD (intrauterine device) is a type of contraception that works for up to 12 years. The IUD is a small device made from either copper (ParaGard) or from plastic (Kyleena, Liletta, Mirena, and Skyla.) The copper IUD is hormone-free while the plastic IUDs use a progestin hormone called levonorgestrel. IUDs offer a high effectiveness rate of over 99%.
IUDs prevent pregnancy by killing sperm before they can fertilize eggs. Additionally, hormonal IUDs keep the uterine lining thin, making it an inhospitable place for an egg to implant. An IUD is a highly convenient form of birth control.
Dr. Lauriston can insert your IUD at her Mesdames practice in just a few minutes. Other than normal check-ups, you won't have to do anything else for years unless you decide that you want to have a baby. Should that time come, Dr. Lauriston can remove the IUD and you can start trying to conceive.
There are a number of choices in contraception today. Birth control injections (Depo Provera) and birth control implants are both popular choices. Dr. Lauriston is happy to discuss your family planning and birth control needs to help you determine your best course of action.
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