Birth Control

Gynecology & Obstetrics in Manhattan, KS

Birth Control

Birth Control services offered in Manhattan, KS

Birth control gives women the freedom to make informed decisions about their bodies and reproduction. The Women’s Health Group, P.A. has two offices in Manhattan, Kansas, where the highly skilled OB/GYNs offer a selection of contraceptive options that suit every woman’s birth control requirements. From pills and patches to implants and intrauterine devices (IUDs), The Women’s Health Group, P.A. team can advise you on the most suitable method to achieve your family planning goals and stay healthy. For expert birth control advice, call the nearest office today or book an appointment online.

Birth Control Q&A

Why might I need birth control?

Birth control offers women the ability to choose when and if they have children.

Birth control medication can also help women experiencing common causes of pelvic pain, like dysmenorrhea (painful periods), endometriosis, and uterine fibroids.

What forms of birth control are available? 

Many different birth control choices are now available. Hormonal methods prevent ovulation (egg release) and make the cervical mucus too thick for sperm to penetrate the uterus. Hormonal birth control options include:

  • Combined contraceptive pill (estrogen and progestin)
  • Mini pill (progestin only)
  • Hormonal skin patches
  • Vaginal ring
  • Hormone implant
  • Medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA) injection
  • Hormonal IUD

An IUD (intrauterine device) is a small implant that fits in your uterus. It releases a steady flow of hormones to prevent conception and lasts for several years. The Women’s Health Group, P.A. uses leading hormonal IUDs, including, Mirena®, and SKYLA®. They also provide copper IUDs like ParaGard®, which is hostile to sperm. 

Another option, such as Nexplanon®, can be implanted in the arm.

Barrier methods of contraception prevent sperm from reaching your uterus by blocking their access through your vagina. Examples include male and female condoms, the contraceptive sponge, and the diaphragm (cervical cap). It’s best to use these with a spermicide that destroys any sperm that get through the barrier.

You may consider permanent birth control options like sterilization (tubal ligation) if you’re sure you don’t ever want to become pregnant.

Which method of birth control is best?

There are now many options for birth control, so it can be hard to know which is right for you. Factors to consider include:

  • Convenience and ease of use
  • Potential side effects
  • Effectiveness
  • Affordability
  • Reversibility
  • Effects on menstruation
  • Protection against STDs

No birth control method is 100% effective — only abstinence is guaranteed to prevent pregnancy. However, if you choose a method that fits your needs and use it correctly, your chances of unwanted pregnancy are minimal. You should also bear in mind that only condoms offer substantial protection against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)

The Women’s Health Group, P.A. team can help you choose the best birth control method based on your priorities, preferences, and general health. To benefit from their expertise, call the office or book an appointment online today.