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Women's Healthcare Physicians of Naples

OB/GYNs located in Naples, FL

When you need to choose between the diverse types of contraception, you can rely on the team at Women’s Healthcare Physicians of Naples. They take the time to talk to you about your plans for pregnancy, learn about which method is a good fit for your lifestyle, and make sure you don’t have any health concerns that affect your choices. Call their offices in Naples, Florida, or schedule an appointment online for a contraception appointment.

Contraception Q & A

What Should You Consider Before Choosing A Method Of Birth Control?

When you come in for birth control, your doctor at Women’s Healthcare Physicians of Naples explores your medical history, talks with you about your lifestyle and plans for having children, does lab tests if needed, and completes a gynecological exam.

All of these steps are necessary so your doctor can determine whether you have any health conditions that might rule out hormone-containing contraceptives. It’s also important to help you consider issues like your age, when or if you plan to get pregnant, and your sexual partner’s preferences.

Which Types of Birth Control Are The Most Effective?

Your doctor at Women’s Healthcare Physicians of Naples helps you sort through the birth control options and explains the pros and cons of the various methods. While you have a lot of information to consider, most women want to know about effectiveness.

Each type of contraception has different rates of effectiveness:

  • Intrauterine devices – nearly 100%
  • Sterilization – nearly 100%
  • Hormones (pills, injection, pellets, ring, or patch) – 91-94%
  • Diaphragm – 88%
  • Male condoms – 82%
  • Female condoms – 79%
  • Sponge – 76-88%

Diaphragms, condoms, and sponges have a low effectiveness rate primarily because you have to use them consistently and correctly every time you have sex. If that won’t work for you, then you may want to choose another method.

What is Long-Acting Reversible Contraception?

Long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) methods include intrauterine devices (IUD) and birth control implants. IUDs are inserted once, then the hormone-containing IUDs last 3-5 years, while the copper IUD stays in place and works for up to 10 years. The birth control implant – a small, flexible rod inserted under your skin – lasts up to three years.

LARC devices are safe, convenient, and very effective. If you decide you want to get pregnant or want to change your birth control method, your OB/GYN can remove them at any time.

Are You Ready for Permanent Birth Control?

The doctors at Women’s Healthcare Physicians of Naples provide outpatient sterilization with the Essure device.

Your provider places two soft, flexible inserts in each fallopian tube. After about three months, a natural barrier forms that stops sperm from reaching the egg, providing permanent birth control. The procedure doesn’t require an incision, and you’ll only need minimal anesthesia.