Personal Choices for Birth Control and Family Planning
There’s no doubt about it – people who have sex without using birth control can get pregnant – including women who are nearing menopause. The gynecology and women’s health physician team at Kona Family Health Center provides various methods of birth control to help women and families avoid unplanned pregnancies.
The different kinds of birth control have many pros and cons. Following are some of the more common methods. Your Kona Family Health Center gynecologist can answer your questions help you find the right birth control method for you.
- Birth control that uses hormones: birth control pills, shots (such as Depo-Provera), the skin patch, the implant, and the vaginal ring. A hormonal IUD will also release a small amount of hormone to prevent pregnancy.
- Intrauterine devices (IUDs): a copper IUD (such as Paragard) or a hormonal IUD (such as Mirena) that is safely inserted into your uterus.
- Barrier methods: condoms, diaphragms, and sponges – all which must be used during every sexual encounter.
- Natural family planning: scheduling sex during times when you are not fertile
- Permanent birth control, or sterilization: vasectomies for men or tubal ligation for women to give lasting protection against pregnancy
- Emergency contraception: a backup method (such as Plan B) if you forgot (or were unable) to use birth control or a condom breaks
Our Women’s Health physicians are available to discuss your values and needs so you can choose the birth control option that will work best for you.