We offer several options of birth control, including:
The arm implant type of birth control is very popular because it remains effective for up to 3 years, and because it can be implanted in a very simple procedure that takes just a few minutes to perform.
Insertion of the implant requires a small nick in the skin to enable the device to be placed just beneath the surface of the skin. Once in place, the implant won’t be visible, but it can be felt by pressing gently on the skin around it.
While it’s in place, the implant will slowly release hormones to prevent pregnancy. After 3 years, it can be removed and replaced right in the office.
IUDs use copper coatings to create an environment inside the uterus that’s inhospitable to sperm. Some IUDs also use hormones to provide an extra level of protection against unwanted pregnancy. IUDs are shaped like a capital “T,” and they’re inserted in a simple in-office procedure that’s similar to a routine pelvic exam.
Dr. Smith will use a speculum to gently widen the vaginal canal and provide access to the cervix, the opening of the uterus. The shorter end of the “T” is inserted through the cervix and into the uterus where it acts as an anchor to hold the IUD in position. The longer “tail” of the IUD extends into the vaginal canal. The tail can be used to remove the IUD, and it also enables the patient to ensure the IUD is in place by feeling for the tail before having sex.
Though it happens rarely, an IUD can fall out, so feeling for this tail is important to ensuring protection is being provided during sex.
Essure® sterilization is a type of permanent birth control that uses tiny coils implanted into the fallopian tubes to help prevent the eggs from descending from the ovaries so fertilization is impossible. During the Essure® outpatient procedure, the tiny coils are inserted into the fallopian tubes. Over time, scar tissue forms around the coils and blocks the tubes. It takes about 3 months for scar tissue to completely form, and follow-up testing will be performed to ensure the procedure is “working” to prevent pregnancy. During those 3 months, some form of birth control must be used.
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