Birth Control Counseling

Women's Obstetrics and Gynecology

The decision to have a child is a critical one, and that’s why our doctors discuss birth control with their patients. With nearly half of all pregnancies unintended, developing a reproductive life plan is perhaps one the most important things your OB/GYN can help you do.

Birth Control Counseling Q & A

What is birth control counseling?

If you’re in your reproductive years, expect your doctor at Women's Obstetrics and Gynecology to counsel you on contraception needs, both now and in the future, to help you avoid the risk of an unintended pregnancy. And when you do decide to get pregnant, your doctor can help you have the healthiest pregnancy possible. During birth control counseling, your doctor takes the time to educate you on contraceptives, both what’s available and the pros and cons of each. The doctor fills in any deficits in what you know and understand about reproductive health, and clears up any misconceptions about preventing pregnancy. This also allows them to address any questions or concerns you may have about birth control.

What types of birth control does Women's Obstetrics and Gynecology offer?

If you’re in need of birth control, your doctor can review your health history and help you determine which kind of birth control best suits you and your needs, giving you the most effective protection possible. Some recommended birth control methods include:
  • Birth control pills
  • IUDs
  • Nexplanon© hormonal implants
  • Diaphragms
  • Other hormonal birth control options like the ring
  • Tubal sterilization

Your doctor’s recommendation is made based on:
  • Your age
  • Lifestyle habits
  • Whether you’ve previously had children
  • If you plan on having children in the near future

What is Nexplanon?

Nexplanon is a small plastic rod that’s inserted under your skin, typically in the upper arm. It’s unnoticeable, and the insertion process causes only slight discomfort. It slowly releases a hormone that causes your body to stop ovulating, protecting you from pregnancy. Nexplanon provides up to 99% pregnancy prevention for up to four years.

What happens if you have an IUD or implant and change your mind?

The doctors at Rodeo Drive Women’s Health Center are qualified to both place IUDs and Nexplanon implants and remove them. If you have a long-lasting reversible contraceptive in place and are considering getting it removed, contact the team at Women's Obstetrics and Gynecology to review the risks and benefits.

Are there nonhormonal birth control options?

If you’re looking for hormone-free birth control protection, talk to your doctor about your options. Your doctor could fit you for a diaphragm, or if you’re not planning on having any more children, they may recommend a nonhormonal IUD. When you’re looking for a pregnancy prevention solution, schedule an appointment with the doctors at Women's Ostetrics and Gynecology today.