Each woman’s birth control needs and desires are different. At Womens Clinic LA located in Los Angeles and El Segundo, California, nurse practitioner Raisa Howard works with you to determine the birth control method that will be most effective for you based on your family planning preferences. If you are in the West LA or South Bay areas, call today or use the online booking tool to request your appointment.
Birth control describes a method of preventing pregnancy before it begins. There are numerous types of birth control methods to choose from with varying degrees of effectiveness, benefits, and risks.
With so many options available, it helps to consider birth control methods by grouping them into categories. The knowledgeable team at Womens Clinic LA will help you weigh the pros and cons of each method to narrow down and select the modality that will work best for you.
The type of birth control you choose is a very personal decision. The helpful team at Womens Clinic LA educates you about how each type works so you can make an informed decision based on:
An IUD, or intrauterine device, works to prevent your eggs from being fertilized. Your provider inserts the T-shaped device into your uterus right in the comfort of one of our offices in West Los Angeles or South Bay.
The process is similar to having a routine pelvic exam. While you rest on the table, your nurse practitioner will go through the cervix to access your uterus. The IUD is put in place in a position that allows it to be easily removed when you are ready to do so. The process is not painful, but you may feel most comfortable if a numbing cream is applied to the cervix before the procedure.
There is no evidence to suggest that prolonged use of birth control pills will influence your ability to get pregnant in the future. In fact, it’s possible to become pregnant in your very next menstrual cycle after you discontinue use of birth control pills.