Birth control is any medication, device, or method that reduces the risk of unintended pregnancy and keeps you in control of your reproductive health and family planning. The women’s health experts at Advantage Healthcare in Wood Dale, Illinois know that there are many forms of birth control to choose from, and they’re committed to helping you learn about your options so you can choose the right one. If you’re in the DuPage County or greater Chicagoland area and you’d like to know more about contraception, call or book your appointment online today.
The two most effective types of contraception are long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) devices and hormonal methods.
LARC methods include IUDs and implants. An IUD is a T-shaped device that’s inserted into your uterus to prevent sperm from reaching an egg. An implant is a tiny, flexible rod that’s placed in your upper arm, where it releases hormones that prevent ovulation.
Advantage Healthcare's sister clinic, American Health Center, provides some of the best LARC devices:
Advantage Healthcare will gladly make a referral for patients wanting this type of birth control.
Hormonal birth control methods prevent your eggs from being released so they can’t be fertilized. The pill, shot, vaginal ring, and contraceptive patch are all forms of hormonal contraception.
Advantage Healthcare offers birth control pills, Depo-Provera (otherwise known as the Depo shot), as well as NuvaRing®, a hormonal vaginal ring that’s worn for three weeks at a time. When used correctly, birth control pills and the hormonal vaginal ring are about 91% effective.
Most types of contraception are only effective for preventing pregnancy, not sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Barrier methods are the exception to the rule, however, in that they do offer some protection against STDs with proper use.
Barrier methods prevent sperm from entering your uterus. Male condoms, female condoms, diaphragms, and cervical caps are barrier methods, as are spermicidal foams, sponges, and films.
Male and female condoms, which are often used along with another type of birth control to provide added protection, are only about 80% effective in preventing pregnancy when used alone.
Each type of birth control comes with its own advantages and drawbacks, and what’s right for you now may not be right for you later in life.
Your doctor at Advantage Healthcare can help you choose the method that best meets your current needs after considering the following: