At Seasons of Life Obstetrics & Gynecology in Allentown, Pennsylvania, the OB/GYNs are all women, and they understand how important having birth control choices is. IUDs, oral contraceptives, the vaginal ring, vaginal implants, birth control injections, and patches are all available, and your OB/GYN can help you choose the best solution for your life. Use online scheduling or call the office for birth control help today.
Many different oral contraceptives are available today. Oral contraceptives containing estrogen and progestin are called combination pills. They stop ovulation and also create an inhospitable environment for sperm by increasing cervical mucus and thinning uterine lining.
The other kind of oral contraceptive, the mini pill, has only progestin. Mini pills increase cervical mucus and thin your uterine lining, but don't usually stop you from ovulating.
Oral contraceptives are about 99% effective, if you use them perfectly. With average use, they're about 91% effective.
The type of IUD you should get depends on your needs and goals. If you're looking for a long-lasting IUD, ParaGard® might be the ideal choice. It's over 99% effective and lasts for 10 years. ParaGard is hormone-free; it prevents pregnancy with copper wire. ParaGard starts working as soon as your OB/GYN places it in your uterus.
Another IUD option to consider is Liletta®, which contains progestin hormones. Liletta works for five years and is over 99% effective. Hormone IUDs like Liletta can also sometimes relieve painful and heavy periods.
The birth control implant, Nexplanon®, is a small implant that your OB/GYN inserts in your upper arm. It releases progestin steadily into your blood to prevent pregnancy for up to three years. Nexplanon is over 99% effective.
Your OB/GYN administers Depo-Provera® birth control injections once every three months, and they’re about 99% effective. For maximum effectiveness, it’s crucial that you have your injections on time.
You apply birth control patches to your skin and change them every week. After three weeks of weekly patch changes, you go a week without a patch. Birth control patches contain both estrogen and progestin. When used perfectly, birth control patches are 99% effective. But, with typical use, they’re about 91% effective.
The birth control ring, NuvaRing®, contains both estrogen and progestin. You wear the ring in your vagina for a month at a time, and then use a fresh one. With perfect use, NuvaRing is 99% effective, but with typical use, they’re about 91% effective.
Click the online scheduler or call Seasons of Life Obstetrics & Gynecology for birth control support today.