Lone Tree OB/GYN and Midwives
OB/GYNs & Midwives located in Lone Tree, CO & Castle Rock, CO
The providers of Lone Tree OB/GYN & Midwives offer several types of birth control. When you schedule an appointment with the staff, they explain how each type works and offer you sound advice as to which type will be the best for your particular needs. If you live in the Lone Tree and Castle Rock, Colorado area and have questions about the various forms of birth control, call and schedule a consultation as soon as it's convenient.
Birth Control Q & A
What are the different types of birth control?
Birth control takes many different forms. The most common include:
- Oral contraceptives
- IUDs (intrauterine devices) that are implanted in the uterus
- Dermal implants (time release, hormone-based implants)
- Depo-Provera shots
- Spermicidal creams and lotions
While each of these methods of birth control has been proven to be effective, each has its benefits and disadvantages.
Your provider will discuss the various types with you and offer sound advice as to which one is best suited to your lifestyle. For example, if you tend to forget to take medicine on a regular basis, your provider will suggest a dermal implant or the Depo-Provera® shot over oral contraceptives that must be taken daily.
How often does the Depo-Provera shot need to be administered?
The Depo-Provera shot must be taken every 12 weeks or three months. It's extremely effective at preventing pregnancy as long as it's used correctly. The effects of the shot will begin to wear off during the tenth or eleventh week.
Your provider will schedule your next shot sometime during that period to ensure that you remain fully protected against an unwanted pregnancy.
Even though there will be a slight overlap between the two treatment periods, it won't affect how the shot works, nor will it cause any undesired side effects. If you have any questions about the effectiveness of the Depo-Provera shot, you should discuss them with your provider before choosing that option.
What are the benefits of a birth control implant?
The Nexplanon® birth control implant is placed in the fleshy portion of your upper arm. Depending on the brand, it can remain in place for up to three years. If you want to continue to use this type of birth control, your provider can insert a new one after removing the old one.
Once the birth control implant is in place, you don't have to worry about anything. There are no additional pills to take; you don't have to worry about using spermicides, creams, or condoms. Your provider will send you a reminder when it's time to remove your old device and will consult with you on whether you want to have a new one put in its place.
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