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.
Contraception Options Reviews
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.
Intrauterine device (IUD)
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.