Birth Control

You Have Options

All people have control over when, and if, they become parents. There are many things to think about when deciding what method of contraception is best for you.

Even the most effective birth control methods can fail. But your chances of getting pregnant are lowest if the method you choose always is used correctly and every time you have sex.

Barrier Methods

  • Contraceptive Sponge
  • Diaphragm, cervical cap, cervical shield
  • Female Condom
  • Male Condom

Hormonal Methods

  • Oral Contraceptives (The Pill)
  • The Patch (Ortho Evra)
  • Shot / Injection (Depo Provera)
  • Vaginal Ring (Nuva Ring)

Implantable Devices

  • Implantable rod – under the skin (Nexplanon)
  • Intrauterine devices – IUD (Mirena, Kyleena, Paragard)

Permanent Birth Control

  • Tubal Ligation

Each method of Birth Control has pros and cons. The providers at Essex County OB/GYN are here to help you determine which Birth Control option is the most appropriate choice for you.

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