Birth Control

Women's Health Care Center, PLLC

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Helena, MT

At Women’s Health Care Center, PLLC, in Helena, Montana, the experienced medical team offers comprehensive counseling for all of your birth control questions and concerns. Whether you need help choosing the right birth control or have questions about your current method, the knowledgeable OB/GYNs can help. The team offers a variety of birth control options, including oral contraceptives, IUDs, and Nexplanon®. To schedule a birth control consultation, call the office today or use the convenient online booking tool.

Birth Control Q & A

Which birth control is right for me?

Determining the best method of birth control involves a review of your medical and family history and an evaluation of your overall health. 

Your Women’s Health Care Center, PLLC, provider also discusses your sexual history, lifestyle, and plans for family. This information is important in determining which birth control method is best for your needs.

There’s no one-size-fits-all solution to birth control. With the guidance of your Women’s Health Care Center, PLLC, provider, you can make the most informed decision.

Which types of birth control are available?

There are several options for birth control. The only one that protects you from both unwanted pregnancy and STDs is a barrier form of birth control, such as condoms.

Short-acting hormonal birth control options include oral and injectable contraceptives. You need to remember to take a pill every day to ensure effectiveness. For the shot, you’ll need to schedule an appointment every three months.

The Women’s Health Care Center, PLLC, team also offers long-acting contraceptives, such as intrauterine devices (IUDs) and implants, like Nexplanon®. These methods provide pregnancy protection for three years or more but can be removed when you wish to become pregnant.

How does Nexplanon work?

Nexplanon is a small, thin implant that your Women’s Health Care Center, PLLC, provider places just under the skin of your upper arm during a simple surgical procedure.

The hormones in Nexplanon move into your bloodstream at a slow, steady pace. They prevent your ovaries from releasing eggs and make it more difficult for sperm to travel to the egg.

Nexplanon works for up to three years, and you can remove it at any time to conceive. If you wish to continue using the implant, your Women’s Health Care Center, PLLC, provider removes the old one and replaces it at the end of the third year.

Is the IUD safe?

An intrauterine device (IUD) is a tiny, T-shaped device that your Women’s Health Care Center, PLLC, provider places in your uterus. IUDs can contain hormones, which prevent sperm from reaching the egg for fertilization.

You can also receive a non-hormonal IUD, which contains copper materials. Copper works as a spermicide, killing sperm to prevent conception.

Both methods are safe and effective in preventing unwanted pregnancy. However, you still need to use a condom during sex to prevent STD infections.

To find the right birth control option for you, schedule a consultation at Women’s Health Care Center, PLLC, online or by calling the office today.