In this day and age there are many options for women when it comes to contraception. At Heartland Ob/Gyn we offer the traditional birth control pills, extended cycle pills , DepoProvera injections, the Nuva Ring, the OrthoEvra patch and the Mirena IUD. Besides preventing unintended pregnancy, contraception has other benefits as well.
Benefits of Contraception:
Decreases cramping pain with periods
Decreases blood flow and clots during periods
Decreases risk for uterine cancer
Decreases risk for ovarian cancer by up to 75%
Helps with mood changes during the menstrual cycle
Controls the timing of cycles
Decreases facial and body acne
While contraception is very safe, not all methods are right for everyone.
When starting contraceptive medication, you may experience nausea or abnormal bleeding during the first 3-6 months of use until your body gets used to the medication. If these symptoms do not resolve after 6 months, call our office and we can consider a different method that will work better for you. If you are on a pill and miss one or take it late, you may experience breakthrough bleeding or bleeding in the middle of your cycle. This does not indicate an underlying problem and can be resolved by taking your pill at the same time each day.
Some women will not experience any periods at all while using contraception. This is also very safe because the hormones sometimes keep the uterine lining thin and prevents bleeding. However, if you have bled with your current method before and suddenly stop having periods, it is recommended you take a pregnancy test.
If you are unhappy with your contraceptive method or would like to start on contraception, contact our office and we would be happy to schedule you an appointment to discuss the method that would be right for you.
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