Contraception and Family Planning

A Center Serving as a True Patient-Education Resource for Birth Control and Conception Management

Women today have many options, including medical
and natural alternatives, for preventing unwanted pregnancy and in planning and timing pregnancies.  Our staff counsels them on contraception options – explaining the comparative advantages and disadvantages of different approaches – and prescribes the methods of their choice. 

Methods of birth control include:

  • hormonal birth control (in the form of pills, dermal patches, or injections);
  • female and male prophylactics or other barrier methods (which can also decrease risk of sexually transmitted diseases);
  • intrauterine devices;
  • natural cycle methods;
  •      and permanent birth control through the Essure Procedure and surgery.  

    The center gives its patients access
    to the full range of family planning options.

If the patient chooses to contracept, the center's staff can helps her select a method that is right for her.  Our specialists offer such procedures as tubal ligation (surgical cutting of the fallopian tubes, which provide transit of eggs to the uterus) or tubal occlusion (see side bar), and can refer her partner for vasectomy.

The staff can also provide prompt advice on emergency contraception, for cases where a woman feels her other contraception may have failed or she has had unprotected sex.  These methods include prescription or over-the-counter, Plan B ("morning-after") pills (which are effective up to five days after sex, though they are most effective when used within 72 hours) or the copper intrauterine device (which can be inserted up to seven days after sex).  The center's professionals also provide prescriptions for the Plan B pills for women as an contingency option to have on hand for their personal contraception shoudl the need arise.  These pills normally prevent fertilization of the egg altogether, alternatively preventing implantation of a fertilized egg as well.

If a woman's goal is to plan for a healthy pregnancy, the center's staff can offer her prepregancy care and counseling to evaluate her health, review her medical and healthcare history, and encourage her to take any steps – including lifestyle adjustments – that will help insure her health and that of her pregnancy.  While the center's providers can offer patients initial counseling on the safety of becoming pregnant, and help advise on wellness goals for entering into pregnancy, the group does not provide prenatal care (care for her pregnancy once a patient becomes pregnant).  The staff refers patients for prenatal and other obstetrical care within our referral system.   

For fertility issues, the group can also provide patients with referrals to fertility specialists and to our interventionalists (for procedures such as fallopian
tube catheterization).