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Birth control is one of the first reasons a young woman may start to see a physician. ALWAYS make it with a gynecologist for best advice and options tailored to you. It is always best to see a gynecologist BEFORE you become sexually active. Visit our extensive patient education ACOG site and review the most complete and accurate information. Many methods also double as treatments for gyne problems such as PCOS, endometriosis, and heavy menstruation/pain. Here is a list of types of birth control we recommend for our patients:


  • Birth control pills
  • Ring
  • Patch
  • Depo-Provera® (shot in office every 12 weeks)

Inserted reversible birth control:

  • IUD (Intra Uterine Device): various types based on your obstetrical history, and if you prefer hormonal vs non-hormonal birth control. Must be inserted in the office.
  • Nexplanon®: small hormonal silicone rod inserted in your arm in the office. Feels like a blood draw.

Permanent Birth Control:
The biggest complication can be “regret”. Give it time, and be sure of your choice.

  • Tubal Ligation: Today we typically remove the entire tube to decrease the risk of ovarian cancer without increasing the complication rate of the minor surgery. Can be done at the time of cesarean section.
  • Vasectomy: performed by a urologist without need for general anesthesia. Be sure to have that 3 month post-op check before stopping other birth control methods.

Over-The-Counter Birth Control:
Be sure to discuss these options with your gynecologist for higher success rate and safety:

  • Condom: also recommended to prevent STDs
  • Spermicide: used along with other methods. Used with diaphragm, which requires fitting and script in office and is rarely stocked by pharmacies now.
  • Rhythm, withdrawal: The least effective method. Consult with your gynecologist.
  • Morning after pill: Always consult with your gynecologist. The sooner you take it after your unprotected intercourse, the more effective the method can be.