Your team of providers at Modern Ob/Gyn can help you decide what method of contraception is right for you. By reviewing your medical history, family history, and personal goals, our midwives and physicians can help you learn which method of birth control is your best option. Birth control options include hormonal and non-hormonal methods and come in the form of pills, injections, long-acting reversible implants, and barrier methods. The team at Modern Ob/Gyn will help guide you in the decision making of which method is right for you.
Long-acting Reversible Contraceptives
Long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) are the best form of birth control because they are easy to use, very reliable, and have a very low risk of side effects or complications. These methods include:
- Mirena (progesterone based) intra-uterine device (IUD)
- Kyleena (progesterone based) intra-uterine device IUD
- Paragard (hormone free, copper based) intra-uterine device
- Nexplanon (progesterone based) subdermal implant
Learn more about long-acting reversible contraceptives from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
Hormonal Based Contraceptives
Combined hormonal based methods of birth control have the benefit of regulating cycles, managing abnormal bleeding, providing shorter and less painful periods, and are also very reliable for contraception when taken properly. These methods include:
- Combined oral contraceptive pills
- Vaginal ring
- Transdermal patch
Learn more about hormonal based methods of birth control from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
Progesterone-only methods of birth control may be the safest option for patients with certain medical conditions or a family history of certain conditions. This method also is our most preferred method in the postpartum period. Progesterone only methods include:
- Progesterone pills, often referred to as the "mini-pill"
- LARCs such as Mirena, Kyleena, or Nexplanon
Learn more about progesterone-only methods of birth control from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
Birth Control Following Delivery
Planning for another child after a recent delivery is an important concern to discuss with your provider. We recommend having a plan for reliable birth control following your delivery. Progesterone methods, LARCs, and barrier methods are common choices for birth control planning after a recent delivery. Your provider can help you decide which method is right for you.
- LARCs are highly recommended as a postpartum birth control method for their excellent reliability, low risk status, and ease of use for the busy life of our moms.
- Progesterone-only methods may be the safest for use in the immediate postpartum time.
- Barrier methods in addition to exclusive breastfeeding is also a common choice.
Learn more about postpartum birth control from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
Permanent Birth Control
Permanent prevention of pregnancy may be a desired goal for you for a variety of reasons. Our providers can help guide you on the best options for permanent sterilization. These options include:
- Laparoscopic "tubal ligation", sterilization for women
- Sterilization for men by vasectomy
Learn more about the permanent prevention of pregnancy from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
Non-hormonal Birth Control Options
Non-hormonal birth control options may be the best option for women with certain medical conditions or for those preferring to avoid exposure to exogenous hormones. Options include: