Supporting You in Your Birth Control Options

We provide counseling, information, and guidance about contraceptive methods.

Women use contraception for many reasons. The most obvious reason is for family planning.  Contraception allows women to decide if, and when, they want to become pregnant. 

A recently released report, Reasons for Using Contraception:  Perspectives of United States Women Seeking Care at Specialized Family Planning Clinics, by Jennifer Frost and Laura Lindberg of the Guttmacher Institute, showed that women in the U.S. use contraception because it allows them to plan their lives.  

Besides family planning, contraceptive methods are used for menstrual cycle management.  Many women suffer from irregular, painful, or very heavy menstrual cycles. In many cases, hormonal contraceptive methods will alleviate these symptoms.

Hormonal contraceptives may also be used to manage Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) or Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD). They can also be used to correct problems associated with hormonal alterations such as acne or menstrual migraines.

Mary Johnson, A.R.N.P, M.S.N, explained some of the ways we can help you.

“At The Group, we offer a variety of contraceptive methods,” she said. “We’re here to educate women about different methods of contraception and the risks and benefits of each. We want to help you make the best choice for you.”

Here are some methods of contraception:

  • Natural family planning (NFP). NFP is a method in which couples use techniques like the rhythm method, basal body temperature, or the cervical mucus method to try to pinpoint when the woman is ovulating (fertile). To prevent pregnancy, sexual intercourse is avoided around the time of ovulation.

  • Barrier methods. These methods prevent pregnancy by putting a physical "wall" between the sperm and the cervix. Condoms, diaphragms, cervical cap, and female condoms are all barrier methods.  They are most effective when used with spermicides.

  • Chemical methods. Spermicide contains a chemical that can be inserted into the vagina before intercourse to kill sperm. Spermicide comes in many different forms including creams, jellies, foams, suppositories, and contraceptive film. It is most effective when used with a barrier method.

  • Hormonal methods. Birth control pills, Depo-Provera injections, and implants like Nexplanon work by suppressing ovulation and thickening the cervical mucus to prevent the sperm from fertilizing the egg.
     
  • Intrauterine devices (IUD). An IUD is a small device containing copper or a hormone that is inserted into the uterus. They work to prevent fertilization.

 

“Women are all unique and many will have different experiences with hormonal contraceptives,” she said.

“One of the most common misconceptions about hormonal contraceptives is that weight gain is inevitable. Although some methods are more likely to cause weight gain than others, the average weight gain with hormonal contraception is less than 5 pounds in 1 year,” she explained.

Some women are concerned about long-term effects on their fertility. Hormonal contraceptives do not, in any way, cause infertility. In fact, most often there is a rapid return to fertility after stopping contraceptive methods.

“Sometimes finding the right contraceptive choice takes time,” Johnson said.

Come talk with us so we can discuss different contraceptive options. We are here to help!

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