Birth Control Specialist

In the world of birth control, there are dozens of options, which can make finding the right one confusing. The doctors at Rose City Urgent Care & Family Practice in Portland, Milwaukie, and Tigard, Oregon, can help you find the best solution that meets your family-planning and lifestyle goals.

Birth Control Q & A

What does birth control do?

Birth control keeps you from getting pregnant. There are two ways birth control works:

  • Barrier control: This form of birth control prevents the sperm from being received by your egg
  • Hormonal birth control: By regulating your hormones, you can prevent production of viable eggs

Under each type of birth control method, there are several different options, such as:

Barrier control

  • Condoms
  • Diaphragms, cervical caps, or shields
  • Sponges
  • Hysterectomy, a permanent solution that requires removal of all or part of your uterus
  • Vasectomy, a sterilization procedure

Hormonal birth control

  • Birth control pill
  • Patches
  • Injections
  • Implants
  • Intrauterine device (IUD)

The list of options under hormonal birth control are simply different delivery methods of hormones that prevent you from releasing eggs.

Which birth control is right for me?

There’s no simple answer, but it largely depends upon your family-planning goals, lifestyle, and medical history.

If you want to prevent pregnancy for a few years until you’re ready, hormonal birth control may provide the best solution. By regulating your hormones, namely estrogen, your body won’t release eggs. This solution is temporary and you can stop this method at any time to get pregnant.

If you’re uncomfortable with the idea of regulating your hormones or your medical history precludes hormonal birth control as an option, barrier controls may be the better option for you. These types of birth control range from situational use to permanent surgeries that effectively end your ability to have children.

It’s important to note that most of these birth control methods don’t protect against sexually transmitted diseases. The only method that protects you from STDs is condoms.

How effective is birth control?

Birth control methods range in effectiveness and many are only as good as how you use them.

For example, the birth control pill offers a 99% protection against pregnancy. If you skip pills, though, you lower that protection considerably. Likewise, if you use a sponge without applying spermicide, you can reduce its effectiveness by as much as 20%.

Ultimately, the method you choose depends on your habits and health, and the providers at Rose City Urgent Care & Family Practice can help you make the right choice.

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At Rose City Urgent Care & Family Practice, we accept the following insurances. If you do not see your insurance on this, please call our office to confirm we take your plan.

  FamilyCare
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CareOregon
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First Choice Health
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