There are a greater number of easy and effective methods to prevent pregnancy than ever before. Dr. Oster explains the pros and cons of each, discusses your lifestyle, medical history, and future pregnancy goals to help make the ideal choice for you.
Among the most popular choices for women are:
Nexplanon is a device about the size and shape of a matchstick that’s implanted in a quick and painless office procedure beneath the skin on the inside of your arm. The device continually releases the hormone progestin, which inhibits sperm movement and ovulation, and can prevent pregnancy for up to four years.
The pill has been one of the most popular methods of birth control among women in this country since 1982. It contains hormones that stop ovulation, so there is no egg released every month. Birth control pills also thicken cervical mucus making it more difficult for sperm to swim.
An IUD is a small device that’s shaped like a T and is inserted by Dr. Oyster into your uterus during a simple office procedure. She can remove it just as simply at any time you want to become pregnant. There are two types of IUDs. Both work by thickening cervical mucus to prevent sperm movement. The first accomplishes this through the continual release of the hormone progesterone. The second, known as a copper IUD, does so via copper ions. Depending on the type and brand of IUD, these devices prevent pregnancy from 3-12 years.
Barrier methods include male and female condoms, sponges, diaphragms, and spermicidal foam. Condoms and diaphragms are the only forms of contraception that also offer some protection against sexually transmitted diseases.
Other forms of birth control Dr. Oster provides include:
* Injectable contraceptives
* The vaginal ring
* Birth control patches,
For women who’re certain they never want to become pregnant, there are two choices:
Fallopian tube occlusion
This is a non-surgical procedure in which a coil is implanted inside the fallopian tubes. The coil creates a mild irritation that results in the formation of scar tissue. This scar tissue acts as a natural barrier between eggs and sperm. Three months post procedure, Dr. Oster uses an ultrasound or X-ray to make sure that your tubes are fully blocked.
Tubal ligation is a surgical procedure involving the use of plastic rings or clips to block the fallopian tubes.
Heidi J. Oster accepts most major insurance plans. Below is a short-list of just a few of the plans she accepts. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.
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