When you’re trying to find the right type of birth control to fit your daily lifestyle — and your family planning — it’s important to get advice from a trusted OB/GYN. The team at Women’s and Maternity Care Specialists in Winter Park and Orlando, Florida will give you the guidance you need. Whether you’re looking for temporary birth control, or you have a more serious health concern, you’ll get the care and support you need from the staff.
At Women’s and Maternity Care Specialists, we offer most forms of birth control and enjoy working with our patients to find out which type is the right fit for you. Below are some of the options that we provide and some brief information about each option.
The hormonal intrauterine device (IUD) provides five years of contraception once placed in the uterus (a simple procedure done here in the office). This form of birth control is an excellent choice for women who want a long-acting device that they do not have to remember. It contains only one hormone, progesterone, which is also beneficial if women are sensitive or should avoid products containing estrogen.
The copper IUD, Paragard provides up to ten years of contraception and is a good option for women who cannot tolerate traditional hormonal contraception. It is also placed here in the office by any of our providers.
The Nexplanon is a subcutaneous device that is inserted into the fatty tissue on the underside of the upper arm. This device provides contraception for up to three years. It is a great option for women who want long-acting birth control but would prefer to avoid having anything placed in the uterus. It is placed in the office with a small amount of local numbing medicine and generally very well tolerated by our patients. It also contains only one type of hormone, progesterone, so it is another good option for women who cannot tolerate estrogen.
Oral contraceptive pills are available in one hormone (progesterone only) or two hormone (estrogen and progesterone) formulations and are good options for individuals who are consistent with remembering to take a pill daily. Traditionally, oral contraception will regulate out periods as well as prevent pregnancy, so can have multiple uses. They are available in multiple different formulations so it is important to talk to your provider about which kind is right for your specific needs.
The patch is a good contraception option that does not need to be taken/applied daily. It is a small, beige patch that is applied to the skin once a week (changed on week 2, 3 then left off for the last week to allow for menses). It is waterproof, so the user can bathe or swim without concern. It does provide a combination of both estrogen and progesterone, which is beneficial in regulating periods
The NuvaRing is a monthly contraceptive that provides both estrogen and progesterone. It is placed in the vagina by the patient, left in place for three weeks, then removed on the fourth week for a withdrawal period. It is easier to remember than the patch or pill as it is only changed monthly but still provides the two hormones to help regulate the menstrual cycle.
The Depo shot delivers a dose of progesterone (depot medroxyprogesterone acetate) that provides contraception for three months at a time. The injection is typically sent to your pharmacy (e.g. Walgreens, CVS, Publix, etc) and then once picked up, administered here by a staff member. It is a good option for short term contraception but should be avoided over time as it can have some negative side effects.
If permanent sterilization is something that you are interested in, both of our physicians (Dr. Krishingner and Dr. Gottschalk) are skilled in ligating or removing the fallopian tubes. This is a procedure performed at the hospital under general anesthesia but is highly effective in permanently preventing pregnancies.
At Women's and Maternity Care Specialists, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed here.
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