Contraception

At About Women OB-GYN, our approach is all about developing a lifetime relationship with our patients. We make a special effort to get to know you thoroughly, so that your clinician will be able to help you choose from a full range of contraception options to best fit your preferences and needs from a medical and lifestyle perspective, including:

  • Condom / female condom—protects against pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) such as HIV/AIDS, herpes, and gonorrhea.
  • Contraceptive implant, patch, or injection—for example, NuvaRing, Nexplanon, Mirena, OrthoEvra, DepoProvera, or IUDs; this family of contraceptives works much like oral contraceptives, without the bother of having to remember to take a pill every day. Follow the above links to the manufacturer Web sites for more information. These contraception methods do not protect against sexually transmitted disease.
  • Emergency contraception—commonly referred to as "the morning after pill" (a somewhat misleading expression because it can be effective for up to 72 hours), this contraception method consists of several tablets that work by giving the body a strong, short burst of synthetic hormones that disrupt the hormone patterns needed for pregnancy.
    • If you are a current patient of our practice and suspect that you may need emergency contraception, please contact our office on the first available business day to schedule an appointment for a brief evaluation (required for us to give you a prescription). Emergency contraception does not constitute an emergency visit, so an appointment slot must be available for you to see a clinician.
    • If you’re not a current patient or if 72 hours will pass between suspected impregnation and when you can visit our office, we suggest obtaining a prescription from an urgent care center. If it has been more than 72 hours since suspected impregnation, schedule an appointment to speak with one of our physicians about further options and possible pregnancy evaluation.
  • Permanent birth control—a nonsurgical procedure that creates a natural barrier to pregnancy, providing an option for women who are finished having children. About Women performs the Essure procedure. For some patients, a clinician may determine that a traditional tubal ligation is a better option. This service is also available through About Women OB-GYN if your clinician determines that the traditional procedure is best for you.
  • Oral contraception—Birth control pills (including Ortho Tri-Cyclen LO and Yasmin are a combination of the hormones estrogen and progesterone, which prevent pregnancy by interfering with ovulation. They are considered to be 99% effective when taken as directed. If you want to be extra careful, some providers feel that back up birth control (such as latex condoms with spermicide) should be used for the first month you take the pill. Back up birth control should also be used if you are placed on antibiotics (such as Ampicillin or Tetracycline) as there is some evidence suggesting that these medications may weaken the effect of the birth control pill.