If you want to prevent unplanned pregnancy, you can choose from a range of birth control options offered at Scottsdale Center for Women’s Health. Here’s what you need to know about some of the most common forms of contraception.
Birth Control Implant (Nexplanon)
This small device is placed under the skin of your upper arm and releases hormones that prevent you from getting pregnant. Once the implant, which is about the size of a matchstick, is administered, you don’t have to worry about birth control for up to three years. When you do want to get pregnant, return to the doctor and have it removed. The birth control implant is about 99 percent effective.
Intrauterine Device (IUD)
Like the implant, the IUD is a 99-percent-effective birth control method that allows you to proverbially set it and forget it. This T-shaped device is placed inside the uterus to prevent a fertilized egg from implanting. Some IUDs also secrete hormones that prevent pregnancy. Depending on the brand of IUD your doctor recommends, it will last for three to six years. When you want to get pregnant, you can have the IUD removed. At Scottsdale Center for Women’s Health, we offer a variety of IUDs to suit your specific birth control needs. Those options include Mirena and Paragard, among others.
Vaginal Ring (NuvaRing)
This form of birth control is a thin, flexible ring that is inserted into the vagina. It secretes hormones that prevent pregnancy. After three weeks, you remove the ring and your period will start. A new ring is then inserted one week later and the process begins again. When used perfectly, NuvaRing is 98 to 99 percent effective. However, imperfect use means the actual efficacy rate is closer to 91 percent.
This dome-shaped device sits over the cervix to prevent sperm from entering the uterus. This method of birth control must be properly fitted to ensure the best efficiency. The diaphragm is inserted before sexual intercourse and should be replaced every 12 to 24 months. It is 86-94 percent effective against pregnancy depending on the fit.
If you are ready to explore your birth control options, contact the experts at Scottsdale Center for Women’s Health today. We can explain each device and determine which method will work best for you and your lifestyle. Schedule your consultation today!