Birth Control

People have used birth control methods for thousands of years. Today, we have many safe and effective birth control methods available to us.

All of us who need birth control want to find the method that is best for us. And each of us has different needs when choosing a method. If you are trying to choose, learning about each method may help you make your decision.

Only you can decide what is best for you and we are here to help. One of our professional can discuss all of your birth control options with you and help you get the birth control you need.

 

The Essure procedure was designed with women like you in mind—with no slowing down to recover—so you won’t need to take time away from your busy life. During the procedure, which takes less than 10 minutes, an Essure-certified doctor slides the small, soft inserts through the natural pathways of your vagina and cervix into your fallopian tubes, so no surgery or incision is required. The very tip of each insert remains visible to your doctor, providing immediate confirmation of proper placement. The flexible Essure inserts are made out of the same trusted, silicone-free material used in heart stents, so they bend and conform to the shape of your fallopian tubes while remaining securely in place.

Over the next three months, your body works with the Essure inserts to form a natural barrier within each of your fallopian tubes. These barriers prevent sperm from reaching the eggs so that pregnancy cannot occur. During this three-month timeframe, you must continue to use another form of birth control.

After three months, it’s time for your Essure Confirmation Test. During this simple test, a special dye is introduced into your uterus and viewed on an x-ray, so your doctor can confirm that your fallopian tubes are completely blocked and the inserts are in place. Once you receive this verification, you can rely on Essure for permanent birth control.

Like all permanent birth control procedures, including tubal ligation and vasectomy, the Essure procedure should not be considered reversible, so you should be sure you do not want to get pregnant in the future.

Essure is covered by major health insurance providers, including Medicaid.

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IMPLANON is a hormone-releasing birth control implant for use by women to prevent pregnancy for up to 3 years. The implant is a flexible plastic rod about the size of a matchstick that contains a progestin hormone called etonogestrel. Your healthcare provider will insert the implant just under the skin of the inner side of your upper arm. You can use a single IMPLANON implant for up to 3 years. IMPLANON does not contain estrogen.

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Mirena is a soft, flexible IUD that releases small amounts of hormone locally into your uterus. It gives you birth control you can count on—that lasts for as long as you want, for up to 5 years.

  • Mirena is more than 99% effective at preventing pregnancy

  • You can try to become pregnant as soon as Mirena is removed. Within a year of having Mirena removed, about 8 out of 10 women succeed at becoming pregnant

  • If you have a pelvic infection, get infections easily or have certain cancers, Mirena is not right for you

  • Mirena is also proven to treat heavy periods in women who choose intrauterine contraception


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It’s the only reversible birth control that’s more than 99% effective and 100% hormone free.

Hormone free.
Because ParaGard® doesn’t contain hormones, you don’t have to worry about hormone-related side effects such as associated weight gain, mood swings, acne or headaches. And unlike many other forms of birth control, ParaGard® won’t interfere with your natural menstrual cycle.

Flexible.
Generally your doctor can place ParaGard® within minutes during a routine office visit. And the best part is that your doctor can remove it at any time if you decide you want to have children later; you can even start trying to get pregnant that same day.

FDA-approved.
ParaGard® is an intrauterine contraceptive (IUC) that’s been used by women for over 20 years in the U.S.

Reliable.
ParaGard® is more than 99% effective at preventing pregnancy. In fact, it’s one of the most effective forms of birth control available, and it lasts as long as you want: two, five, even up to 10 years.

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Palm Coast, Florida 32164

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