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Contraceptive Care


Gynecology located in Southern Pines, NC

When it comes to family planning, you have many contraceptive options to prevent pregnancy until you’re ready. But many of these contraceptive options don’t protect against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).  At Williamson Gynecology in Southern Pines, North Carolina, the providers will prescribe customized contraceptive care to help you choose the best birth control to fit into your lifestyle and support a healthy, safe sex life. Call Williamson Gynecology today for help with your contraceptive needs.

Contraceptive Care Q & A

What are the available types of contraception?

There is an overwhelming variety of birth control options for you to consider. Some of the most common types of contraception include:

  • Oral contraceptives
  • Intrauterine devices (IUDs)
  • Birth control implants
  • Birth control shots
  • Vaginal rings
  • Birth control patches
  • Permanent contraception (tubal ligation)

What is long-acting reversible contraception (LARC)?

LARC comprises contraception options that prevent pregnancy for years but don’t have a lasting impact on your long-term fertility. LARC options include hormonal and nonhormonal IUDs such as Mirena®, Kyleena®, Liletta®, and Paragard®, as well as Nexplanon®, the birth control implant. IUDs prevent pregnancy for 3-12 years, depending on the type you choose. Nexplanon prevents pregnancy for several years. However, as soon as you remove these birth control devices, your fertility returns.

Although LARCs offer long-term protection from pregnancy, they don’t protect you from sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). You should use condoms, including the male or female condom, to protect yourself from contracting an STD if you have more than one sexual partner, you have sex with someone who has an STD, or you have a history of an STD.

Is there a permanent birth control option?

If you are sure that you have completed your family and you don’t want any more children, Williamson Gynecology can provide permanent birth control options. Dr. Williamson can perform a tubal ligation surgical procedure to close your Fallopian tubes and prevent your egg cells from reaching your uterus.

How do I know what type of contraception is right for me?

The women’s health experts at Williamson Gynecology provide contraception counseling appointments. They talk to you about your overall health, lifestyle, and birth control needs to help you choose the best birth control for you. Some of the questions you need to consider include:

  • Can I take a pill at the same time every day?
  • Have I used birth control before? If so: How did my body respond?
  • Do I want to have babies in the future?
  • Is my family complete?
  • Do I need protection against STDs?

The team at Williamson Gynecology can answer your questions and help you make the best choice. Call us for an appointment today.

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