Monarque Health & Wellness
Family Medicine and Functional Medicine located in Ashland, OR
Each stage of your life is different. Sometimes you might welcome a pregnancy, but at other times you’d like to avoid starting or adding to your family. The caring team at Monarque Health & Wellness in Ashland, Oregon, remains abreast of the latest in safe, effective birth control medications and devices to provide you with information that you can trust. Call or schedule an appointment online today.
Birth Control Q & A
What are the different kinds of birth control?
You have a variety of choices when it comes to birth control, or contraceptives. Some are more effective and long-lasting than others.
Here are the most common types of birth control:
- Long-acting reversible contraceptives — Includes hormonal implants, like Nexplanon®, and intrauterine devices, or IUDs. These methods are very effective and last for 3-10 years.
- Short-acting hormonal methods — Includes the pill, patch, shot, and vaginal ring. You need to take pills daily. Its effectiveness depends on whether you forget to take the pills.
- Barrier methods — Includes condoms, diaphragms, and the sponge. These are convenient, because they’re sold at most drugstores. But you have to remember to use one each time you have sex.
How does birth control work?
Birth control prevents pregnancy in a variety of ways, depending on which type you choose.
Some types of birth control rely on hormones. For example, Nexplanon is a thin contraceptive implant that releases a steady, low dose of hormones to prevent pregnancy. The pill also relies on hormones to stop your ovaries from releasing eggs.
Meanwhile, condoms, diaphragms, and cervical caps create a physical barrier to block sperm from fertilizing an egg. For added protection, some also use spermicides to kill sperm.
What are the side effects of birth control?
Side effects vary, depending on the method you use. The pill can raise the risk of blood clots and high blood pressure, while intrauterine devices can slightly increase your risk of ectopic pregnancy.
Ask the team at Monarque Health & Wellness to walk you through the side effects of various birth control methods.
How can I choose birth control that’s right for me?
Your choice of birth control depends on your lifestyle, health, and whether you’d like to have children in the next few years. Before choosing a method, the health care team at Monarque Health & Wellness talks with you about:
- How often you have sex
- Your sex partners
- Your health
- Possible side effects
- Whether it’s easy for you to remember to take a daily pill
If you’ve been thinking about going on birth control, or you’re unhappy with your current method, call or use the online booking tool to schedule a consultation today with the experts in family medicine at Monarque Health & Wellness — and take charge of your reproductive future.