Long-Term Options for Birth Control

Gynecologist Showing Contraception Ring To Woman And Explaining Contraception And Birth Control Methods

Choosing the right birth control for you is an important decision. With the wide range of options for women today, it is best to schedule an appointment with a certified OB/GYN to answer your questions. Before attending your appointment, take some time to explore the different birth control options available to prepare for your discussion with your doctor about the right fit for you.

Here are a few long-term birth control options to consider!

Vaginal Ring

Known by most as the NuvaRing, this form of long-term birth control is a small ring inserted into the vagina once a month. Hormones are released from the ring that prevents eggs from leaving your ovaries while also creating a thicker barrier to make it more difficult for sperm to get through. If the instructions are followed properly, the NuvaRing is a very effective form of birth control. In addition to the ease of using the vaginal ring, it is a popular choice with many women as it can lead to lighter periods and offer other health benefits, such as protection against acne and cramps. Negative effects from vaginal rings include discomfort, nausea, and vomiting.

Birth Control Shot

If you are looking for a birth control method where you don’t need to do anything before sex, then the birth control shot may be a good option. Also known as Depo-Provera, this is a shot in the arm that prevents pregnancy for three months. The shot releases a hormone that inhibits your eggs from leaving your ovaries and makes your cervical mucus thicker to stop sperm. If you receive the shot when instructed, this is an effective form of long-term birth control. Some side effects may occur, including either lighter periods or heavier periods. It is important to note that Depo-Provera will not protect you from sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

Cervical Cap

A Cervical Cap, also known as a FemCap, is a silicone cup shaped like a sailor’s hat that you insert into your vagina over your cervix. The cap acts as a protector from sperm moving into your uterus. Like all birth control, the cervical cap has pros and cons. Women like the cervical cap because it can last up to two years, it can be inserted up to six hours before intercourse, and your partner doesn’t feel it. Unfortunately, women who have been pregnant before have a higher risk of becoming pregnant again when using the cap, and it doesn’t protect you from STDs. It also shouldn’t be used during your period. If you decide to try the cervical cap, it is recommended to be used with spermicide cream or jelly.

Birth Control Implant

A birth control implant, commonly sold under the name brands Implanon and Nexplanon, is a small rod inserted into a numbed area of your arm by a health care provider. This long-term birth control option lasts up to three years and is great for women who do not want to take medicine every day and do not wish to become pregnant for a long time. Like many birth control methods, the implant releases hormones into your body to create thicker cervical mucus, which hinders sperm and stops eggs from exiting the ovaries. According to Planned Parenthood, less than 1 out of 100 women will become pregnant using a birth control implant. Although some women experience irregular bleeding with the implant, most adjust without issues.

Scheduling an appointment with a comprehensive reproductive care center, like South Avenue Women’s Services, is the safest approach when choosing the best birth control for you. Contact our friendly and highly trained medical staff at (585)271-3850 to get the care and attention you deserve and get informed on your birth control options!