Healthy Futures offers a large variety of contraceptive options. Our providers are happy to sit down with you and discuss which option would be best for you. Insurances usually cover most contraceptive methods. Below is a list of the contraceptive options available at Healthy Futures.
Bedsider is a great website tool that can help you explore different birth control options.
IUD (intrauterine device)
An IUD is a small T-shaped device that’s put into your uterus to prevent pregnancy. It’s long-term, reversible, and one of the most effective birth control methods out there. It is a quick procedure in the office to place it and it can be taken out at any time. It is 99% effective at preventing pregnancy. We have the Paragard IUD which has no hormones in it and can last up to 12 years but can make your periods slightly heavier. We also have the Mirena IUD which can be used for up to 8 years and has a low level of progesterone that makes it so you get a very light period or no period.
The birth control implant (Nexplanon) is a tiny, thin rod about the size of a matchstick. The implant releases hormones into your body that prevent you from getting pregnant. It is a quick procedure in the office to place the rod under the skin. You’re protected from pregnancy for up to 5 years with a Nexplanon. It is a very low maintenance form of contraception. It is 99% effective.
Depo Provera (the birth control shot)
Depo-Provera is an injection you get once every 3 months. It’s a safe, convenient, and private birth control method that is 96% effective if you always get it on time. It only has the hormone progesterone.
Birth control pills
Birth control pills can have many variations of types and doses of estrogen and progesterone. There are many different types of birth control pills and often we can find one that works well for you. Birth control pills come in a pack, and you take 1 pill every day. The pill is safe, affordable, and effective. The pills are about 93% effective and must be taken around the same time every day.
Birth Control Patches
Birth control patches can go in discrete areas on the body and are replaced every 7 days. The patches have both estrogen and progesterone in them and release hormones through the skin to prevent pregnancy. The patches can be a more convenient method of birth control and are 93% effective.
It is a small flexible plastic ring that is placed inside the vagina and left there for 3 weeks and then removed for 1 week before placing a new ring. The vaginal ring has both estrogen and progesterone that absorb through the vaginal tissue to prevent pregnancy. This can be a more reliable method of contraception since you don’t have to remember to take a pill everyday. It is 93% effective.
A vasectomy is a simple male sterilization surgery done in our office. The small tubes in the scrotum that carry sperm are cut or blocked off, so sperm can’t leave your body and cause pregnancy. The procedure is very quick, and you can go home the same day. It’s extremely effective at preventing pregnancy (99% effective).
We use a technique called “No Scalpel Vasectomy”. A vasectomy is an effective birth control choice for men who are certain they don’t want to father a child in the future. Vasectomy is a safe and fast outpatient procedure that removes a small 1cm portion of the vas deferens tube and seals it to prevent sperm from leaving the testicle. Vasectomy has a low risk of problems and is done with local anesthesia and a relaxing medication. You will require two visits in our clinic, an initial consult visit and the procedure visit.
Before getting a vasectomy, you need to be certain you don’t want to father a child in the future. Although vasectomy reversals are possible, vasectomy should be considered a permanent form of male birth control.
Benefits of a vasectomy:
- Vasectomy is nearly 100 percent effective in preventing pregnancy.
- Vasectomy is an outpatient surgery with a low risk of complications or side effects.
- The cost of a vasectomy is far less than the cost of female sterilization (tubal ligation) or the long-term cost of birth control medications for women.
- A vasectomy can mean more spontaneous sex, without having to worry about putting on a condom or taking medications to prevent pregnancy.
- A vasectomy does not affect your sex drive, ejaculation, or sexual functioning
Please call us to set up a vasectomy evaluation appointment today.