Birth Control Evaluation in Leesburg
Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Centreville, VA & Leesburg, VA
Selecting a birth control method is a very personal decision, and there are plenty of options to help each woman get the best contraception for her needs. Midatlantic OBGYN offers an array of birth control methods for our patients in addition to contraceptive counseling to help ensure each patient selects the option that’s right for her. Call our office today if you are interested in receiving a birth control evaluation in Leesburg or Centreville.
What Types of Birth Control are Available for Women in Leesburg?
Midatlantic OBGYN offers a variety of birth control options to help women in Leesburg or Centreville select the best option for their needs, their lifestyles, and their preferences. Contraception options include birth control pills, IUDs (intrauterine devices), diaphragms and arm implants such as Nexplanon. During the initial consultation visit, women can learn about all these options so they can feel confident in the method they choose.
Receiving an IUD
IUDs are T-shaped devices that are inserted into the uterus through the cervix (the opening of the uterus) during a simple in-office procedure that takes just a few minutes. The shorter end of the T acts as an anchor to hold the IUD in place. Rarely, an IUD can fall out. The longer end of the T extends into the vaginal canal, and it’s important to check for this tail before having intercourse to ensure the IUD is still in place.
During insertion, a speculum is used to widen the vaginal canal so the cervix can be accessed. There may some mild discomfort or cramping when the IUD is inserted. IUDs use copper to create an environment that’s hostile to sperm. Some IUDs also use hormones. IUDs need to be replaced every few years, and removal can be performed in the office using the same technique. Our gynecologists in Leesburg and Centreville could perform a birth control evaluation to determine if an IUD is the right option for a particular patient.
How Does the Arm Implant Work?
The arm implant is a long, thin tube-like device that’s implanted beneath the skin on the upper arm. The implant releases a steady supply of hormones to help prevent pregnancy. Once in place, it can’t be seen, but it can be felt if pressure is applied to the skin. The implant can be inserted in the office in a simple procedure using a very tiny puncture in the skin. Contraception arm implants need to be replaced every three years.
Using a Diaphragm
No, but it takes a little practice to learn how to insert them. During the fitting appointment, patients will be able to practice inserting the diaphragm so they feel confident using it. Diaphragms should be used with spermicide, special gels or creams designed to kill sperm cells.
Contact a Gynecologist for a Birth Control Evaluation in Leesburg
For more information on contraception options, contact Midatlantic OBGYN by phone or online to discuss the different birth control methods available. A member of our team could perform a birth control evaluation in Leesburg.