With so many options available, it can be difficult to know which form of birth control is right for you. At Women’s Health at Valley View, we work with women to help them understand what form of birth control may be best suited for them. Through comprehensive contraception counseling, our team of board-certified OB/GYNs will evaluate your medical and family history, as well as your lifestyle to be able to better provide an option that meets your needs. We can also explain the pros and cons of each form of contraception and answer any questions that you may have. To learn more and to schedule your contraception counseling appointment, contact us in Glenwood Springs, Basalt, or Silt, CO.
"Dr. Joel Dickens was our doctor throughout my second pregnancy and birth of our daughter two years ago. He was great about answering any of our questions and addressing any concerns we had along the way. He never made me feel like any of my questions were unimportant or silly and I was never made to feel that my concerns were irrational. I am now in my last weeks of my third pregnancy and am much less anxious knowing this baby and I are in good hands with Dr. Dickens. We highly recommend Dr. Joel Dickens!"- Anonymous / Vitals / Nov 19, 2018
"My son is almost 3 months and my initial intent was a home birth however with some pregnancy complications, I transferred to the clinic and my experience with Women’s Health was amazing. Everyone there is knowledgeable, open, friendly and helpful. I had a natural childbirth of a nearly 9lbs baby and Brenda Hanson was so encouraging and helpful. She really helped me make it through along with all of the staff at the family birthplace. It was truly a great experience that my husband, son and I are all grateful for. Could not be happier with the care."- A.B. / Google / Mar 05, 2020
"Another great visit after my recent procedure. Very impressed with this practice."- J.C. / SurveyVitals / Feb 20, 2020
"Truly BLESSED: - God has been so good to me, placing this woman in my path. She’s the first that took me seriously wo eye-rolls n the words “inconclusive” and “hypochondriac”!!!!!!!God alone "dropped her in my lap". I was at a Ladies' Bible Study n a woman there was talking about her Dr. n how pleased she was with her. I asked for the name:Dr. Katie Mang-Smith atWomen's Health at Valley-View Hospital in Glenwood Springs.She took the time to go over the paperwork / results from the multiple tests I've had done elsewhere since Jan 2017, multiple UAs, a cystoscopy, a CT scan, a pelvic ultrasound, and several pelvic exams,....) the problems I've been having that prompted me to have them, n my frustration of getting no answers / “inconclusive” results.The surgery was planned as "exploratory" to discover why n ended up being a major effort / undertaking of precision repair(s),for problems, some I suspected, some, no one had any clue!!!!!!!What was supposed to be 1 1/2 - 2 hours, was a 4 hour surgery!!!!!!!Grateful to God for His Provision!!!!!!!I had my surgery on Tuesday, 27 NOV, 18. It’s now Friday. Dr Mang-Smith came to my hospital room Tuesday afternoon to explain / discuss what she’d accomplished:After my previous partial hysterectomy (Colorado Springs 1998) and in the 20 years since,upon visual inspection, Dr. Mang-Smith discovered:Vaginal cuff, bladder, colon, ovaries and tubes all stuck together w a lot of scar tissue / adhesions,creating a large knotted lump / cluster of imperfectly, often painfully functioning organs, including confirmation of vaginal cuff that had come “unbuttoned” from the previous surgery.(Explains a LOT of on-going symptoms!!!!!!!)The pictures are shocking / stunning.She had to dissect it all to separate / get it apart.Once apart:Discovered a fistula n removed a portion of colon / repaired it.Removed (dead / atrophied / w cyst) ovaries n tubes.Put remaining items in their proper places, allowing them to freely move, naturally.Repaired the “unbuttoned” vaginal cuff.More incisions than planned to allow for tools -some glued, some sewn; a bit warm, but healing nicely.VERY sore -esp left side where biggest incisions are.On norco n ibuprofen for pain.On fluids, liquid diet / transition to soft / reg.Now home.Still a bit dizzy, n puffy from fluid, as well as some pain from gas, and other minor discomforts. Only a bit of nausea. A bit of fever yesterday, but all in all, vitals are good, n recovery seems to be going well.She called me yesterday and I told her how grateful I was -she’s basically saved my life. If all this had gone undiscovered (doesn’t show on any of the tests I’ve done!!!!!!!) for another 10-20 years, I’d never have survived it. (I’m 58 -would’ve had much more difficulty at 78!!!!!!!)Thank you SO very much, Dr. Mang-Smith, for your attentiveness, kindness, and skill!!!!!!! Recommending you will be one of the greatest privileges / pleasures of my life!!!!!!!Gratefully,Deborah Christine Garrett 🐝"- Anonymous / Vitals / Nov 30, 2018
"I've got to say Valerie the RN that took me back was wonderful. She helped me with the most advice first hand and she made me feel very comfortable. She is the sweetest."- Anonymous / SurveyVitals / Feb 20, 2020
Birth Control Pills
As an oral medication, birth control pills must be taken daily in order to act as effective contraception. They are typically considered a short-term option for protection against pregnancy and may also be helpful for treating some symptoms of certain conditions, including endometriosis.
Approved by the FDA, an intrauterine device (IUD) is a form of contraception that is placed into the uterus. Depending on the type of IUD used, it may be hormone-releasing or free of hormones. An IUD does not need to be taken daily, and it will be placed and removed by one of our board-certified OB/GYNs.
NuvaRing is a flexible vaginal ring that is inserted monthly as a form of contraception. Unlike an IUD, NuvaRing does not need to be inserted by a physician, but it will require a prescription. The NuvaRing applicator is similar to a tampon and is inserted by the patient in the comfort of their own home.
Birth Control Implant
A birth control implant is embedded in the arm and can provide up to three years of continuous pregnancy prevention. During a minimally invasive procedure, one of our board-certified OB/GYN professionals will place the implant in your arm. If you decide that you would like to get pregnant, you will need to come back in and have the implant removed early.
Tubal ligation, also referred to as "getting your tubes tied," works by tying, clamping, or sealing the fallopian tubes shut. It may be performed laparoscopically for quicker recovery times and is highly effective in preventing pregnancy. In some cases, the procedure may be reversed if the patient decides they would like to try to conceive.
What to Expect
Even though you will have protection from getting pregnant, these contraception options do not protect against sexually transmitted diseases or HIV. To learn about all of your birth control options or if you have any questions or concerns, we invite you to contact our practice for a contraception counseling appointment.
Find What's Right for you
When choosing a form of contraception, there are several factors to consider. At Women's Health at Valley View, we help women understand all of their options and provide a recommendation that will be best suited for them. Contact us at one of our Colorado locations to learn more and to schedule your initial consultation.