The best time to have a child is when you’re emotionally and financially ready to make a long-term commitment to raising one. Until then, Marsha D. Bornt, MD, Donna Lamson, CRNP, MSN, WHNP-BC, and the all-women team at Apple Hill Gynecology in York, Pennsylvania, can provide the type of birth control that best suits your needs. To schedule your contraception consultation, contact the office by phone or book online today.
Birth control, also called contraception, refers to the various methods used to prevent pregnancy. When it comes to birth control, you have many options. Your practitioner at Apple Hill Gynecology can talk with you about your birth control choices and help you decide the method that makes the best option for you.
There are many types of contraception. You can pick up some kinds at your local drugstore, while others require a prescription.
Common types of birth control include:
Tubal ligation is a permanent form of birth control for women that’s also called sterilization. During the procedure, your surgeon at Apple Hill Gynecology cuts or ties or your fallopian tubes to prevent eggs from being fertilized. The team uses minimally invasive surgery to perform tubal ligations to minimize scarring and recovery time.
The birth control pill, patch, vaginal ring, and shot are considered short-term hormonal contraception methods. This type of birth control prevents pregnancy by stopping ovulation, which is the release of the egg from your ovaries.
Barrier methods prevent pregnancy by stopping sperm from reaching the egg. Examples of barrier methods of birth control include condoms, diaphragms, sponges and cervical caps.
When using the rhythm method, also called the fertility awareness method, you don’t use any type of birth control. However, you avoid having sexual intercourse on the days you’re most fertile.
The team at Apple Hill Gynecology can also talk to you about the morning-after pill, which is an emergency type of contraceptive that you take after unprotected sex to prevent unwanted pregnancy.
LARC refers to birth control that prevents pregnancy for years, and it includes intrauterine devices (IUDs) and birth control implants. The team at Apple Hill Gynecology offers Nexplanon®, which is a birth control implant that your provider inserts under the skin in your arm. It prevents pregnancy for up to five years.
Nexplanon contains a hormone called progestin. The birth control implant releases progestin, which thickens your cervical mucus to stop sperm from reaching the egg. If you decide you want to get pregnant, your provider can simply remove your implant.
To schedule your birth control consultation to discuss your options, call Apple Hill Gynecology or book an appointment online today.