Family Planning and Contraception
When patients choose the family practice of Dr. Gisi, she clarifies all available choices. Dialogue includes the advantages and negative aspects of various family planning techniques, the failure rates, and the possible dangers and complications. Directions for the selected method along with a definite action plan are discussed. Any concerns patients may have will always be answered honestly, and professionally with full confidentiality.
The method of birth control you decide on is dependent upon your requirements. Some individuals simply need to avoid pregnancy. Others might also wish to safeguard themselves and or their partner(s) from diseases which may be spread by sex, including Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS), human papillomavirus (HPV), herpes, chlamydia, syphilis and genital warts.
In addition to oral contraceptives (birth control pills), other forms of hormonal birth control include implants, injections, rings, and patches.
Birth Control Pills
Most hormonal birth control pills work by releasing hormones – estrogen and progestin – to prevent ovulation. The cervical mucus thickens, making it hard for sperm to reach the egg. The endometrium thins, making it less likely that a fertilized egg will attach to it.
Progestin-only pills do not contain estrogen. As in standard hormonal birth control, the Mini Pills work by releasing hormones to prevent ovulation, thicken cervical mucus, and thin the endometrium.
If you choose injectable birth control, you will require a shot every three months that either reduces or eliminates periods.
intrauterine Device (IUD)
The intrauterine device is a small, plastic device that is inserted and left inside the uterus to prevent pregnancy. The IUD can be used by women of all ages, including teenagers and those who have never had children.
The contraceptive implant (Implanon) is a single implant inserted into the upper arm. After a woman is given a local anesthetic, insertion takes only a few minutes. Implants give off very small amounts of a hormone to prevent pregnancy.
Barrier methods are physical or chemical barriers that prevent sperm from passing through the woman’s cervix into the uterus and fallopian tubes to fertilize an egg.
Some barriers include:
- Diaphragm sponge
- Cervical cap
- Male condom
- Female condom
Request an Appointment
To discuss family planning or contraceptive options, or for more information about our services, request an appointment or call 951.303.6158