Birth Control

Birth Control
Birth control offers women a practical way to take control of their own reproductive health. At Rose Urgent Care & Family Practice in Vancouver and Battleground, Washington, birth control services are provided to women who want to prevent pregnancy in a way that works best for their bodies and lifestyle. The practitioners believe in a patient-centered approach to medicine, which means giving women the education and options they need to make smart birth control choices.

Birth Control Q & A

What kinds of birth control are available?

Today, there are a variety of birth control options available to women of all ages. The staff at Rose Urgent Care & Family Practice work with each patient to find one that is right for their needs. Some common choices include:

  • Sponge
  • Cervical cap
  • Diaphragm
  • Implant
  • IUD
  • Contraception bill
  • Patch
  • Contraception shot

Not all methods work well for each patient, though. The practitioners at Rose Urgent Care & Family Practice will go over the various delivery methods and brands with each patient. They also discuss your specific needs and recommend a practical birth control solution. The goal is to give women what they need to make an educated choice about contraception.

What is the contraception shot?

The contraception shot, Depo-Provera, is an injection that women receive every three months. It offers them a safe and convenient way to prevent pregnancy that is also short-term, so they can plan ahead when they want to have a baby.

The shot works by preventing ovulation. By eliminating the opportunity for an egg to enter the uterus, the shot effectively stops any chance of pregnancy. A Depo shot will also make the mucus lining of the cervix thicker, so it's harder for sperm to pass through in case there is an egg already there.

The Depo shot has a good success rate, but, like most forms of birth control, it does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases. Women with multiple or new partners will need to use another form of protection, as well. The shot is a valuable choice for a woman in a monogamous relationship who wants a convenient way to prevent pregnancy.

How safe are birth control pills?

Oral contraception, or birth control pills, is one of the most common forms of protection, but there have been some safety concerns in the past. There is evidence that long term use of oral contraceptives may increase a woman's risk of certain cancers, but, for the most part, they are considered safe. The providers at Rose Urgent Care & Family Practice will go over the risks of each kind of birth control with you to help you makes a choice that works well for your health.

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