Contraception & Family Planning
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
- Permanent birth control through the Essure procedure and surgery
If the patient chooses to contracept, the center's staff can helps her select a method that is right for her. Our specialists offer procedures such as tubal ligation (surgical cutting of the fallopian tubes, which provide transit of eggs to the uterus) or tubal occlusion. They can also refer her partner for vasectomy.
The staff can 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, including Plan B ("morning-after" pills) 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 should 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 pre-pregnancy 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 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. 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).
Essure – Permanent Birth Control
Essure® is a revolutionary non-incisional procedure for female permanent birth control available at our facility.
In the Essure procedure a soft micro-insert is placed into the fallopian tubes, preventing pregnancy forever.
Benefits of the Essure Procedure
Essure is fast, easy and effective. Unlike tubal ligation, the Essure procedure:
- Requires no incisions.
- Can be performed in the doctor's office without general anesthesia.
- Offers quick recovery (you can resume your normal activities in 1 to 2 days).
- Studies show that Essure has been 99.8% successful in preventing pregnancy.
- Essure does not involve the use of hormones.
How to Reach Us
To speak with a staff member at our Center for Gynecology and Women’s Health, please call 1-877-808-2742.