Contraception Options in Davidson, NC
Today, there are many options as it relates to birth control. To select the one that is best suited to your needs, and those of your partner, you should consult with your provider.
Intrauterine Device (IUD)
An IUD is a contraceptive device that delivers small amounts of hormone directly to the uterus. It is a form of birth control that remains in the uterus and can last for up to 5 years. It is a small, T-shaped, plastic device that is both soft and flexible, and is put into place by your provider at Davidson Family Medicine. While they are 99% effective with regards to birth control, your provider can remove the device if a patient is looking to become pregnant immediately. Your provider at Davidson Family Medicine can select the most appropriate IUD, including Mirena, Kyleena, Liletta, and Skyla.
Birth Control Pills
Birth control pills are a form of oral contraception that generally contain two hormones, estrogen and progestin, and are taken daily to prevent a woman’s ovaries from releasing eggs. Birth Control pills are safe, effective, and convenient, though they may be less effective for women who are overweight. Your provider at Davidson Family Medicine can select the correct formation of estrogen and progestin.
Birth Control Patch
Used correctly, the patch is as effective as birth control pills are in preventing pregnancy. The patch is a form of birth control that a patient wears on the skin and looks like a small bandaid. The hormones it contains (estrogen and progestin) are similar to those used in birth control pills but are absorbed through the skin. The patch works by suppressing the pituitary gland which, in turn, prevents the ovaries from releasing eggs. It also thickens cervical mucus making it more difficult for sperm to reach an egg. Since the patch contains a dosage which is 60% higher than that delivered by the pills, there is the risk of side effects such as blood clots. Because of this, it is essential that patients using the patch do not smoke. The patch can also be used to treat irregular periods, menstrual cramps, or endometriosis.
A vaginal ring is a form of contraception that is soft, flexible, and worn in the vagina. The key benefit of the ring is that a patient does not need to take it daily to get complete monthly protection. In a given one month period, the ring must be inserted into the vagina, removed after 3 weeks, and a new ring inserted no more than 7 days later. Your provider at Davidson Family Medicine can discuss this option with you in further detail.
If you want to learn more about your birth control options, contact Davidson Family Medicine at (704) 892-5454.