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South Sound Womens Center

OB-GYNs located in Olympia, WA

Choosing the right birth control method for you requires the guidance of a knowledgeable, experienced gynecologist. At South Sound Women’s Center in Olympia, Washington, the board-certified OB/GYNs offers a variety of birth control solutions to meet your lifestyle and unique health situation. They discuss your family planning needs to help you select the right method of birth control, including pills, an intrauterine device (IUD), and permanent sterilization. Schedule a consultation by phone today to discuss your birth control options.

Birth Control Q & A

South Sound Womens Center

What are my birth control options?

South Sound Women’s Center offers a variety of birth control options to suit your preferences and medical needs, including:

  • Oral contraceptives
  • IUDs
  • NuvaRing®
  • Nexplanon®
  • Tubal ligation

Your doctor determines the right method of birth control for you after reviewing your medical history, your sexual activity, and your family planning considerations.

What is the NuvaRing?

NuvaRing is a hormonal birth control device that you insert into your vagina using a tampon-like applicator. You keep the NuvaRing in for a 21-day period before removing it and waiting seven days before inserting a new one.

The NuvaRing is safe and effective in preventing pregnancy, but not sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). You must still use a condom for STD protection.

If you’re a smoker or over the age of 35, the NuvaRing may not be the best birth control option due to the risk of stroke, blood clots, or heart attack. Your doctor can recommend other nonhormonal birth control options.

What is Nexplanon?

Nexplanon is a birth control implant effective in preventing pregnancy for up to three years. Your doctor implants the small Nexplanon device into your upper arm during a simple surgical procedure.

Your South Sound Women’s Center doctor performs a pregnancy test before insertion, and the procedure should take place during a specific time of your menstrual cycle.

You can have the Nexplanon taken out at any time during the three-year period if you plan to have children within that time. You can become pregnant within a week after removal, or receive a new implant.

What is a tubal ligation?

A tubal ligation is a permanent method of birth control where your doctor ties, cuts, or blocks your fallopian tubes to prevent eggs from traveling to the uterus. This procedure also prevents sperm from meeting up with the egg, ensuring protection from getting pregnant.

Tubal ligation is a suitable method of birth control if you’re sure you’re done having children. You no longer need to use birth control to prevent pregnancy after the procedure is complete. However, you will still need to protect yourself from STDs using condoms.

Your doctor uses a hysteroscopy, a minimally invasive surgical technique, to perform the tubal ligation.

To learn more about available birth control options, schedule a consultation online or by phone today.