Arizona Women's Specialists
OBGYNs located in Phoenix, AZ & Glendale, AZ
When feeling unsure about starting or growing your family, you may be considering your birth control options. At Arizona Women's Specialists in Glendale and Phoenix, Arizona, Hetal Shah, Kassandra Reil CNM and Traci Aldridge WHNP offer many types of birth control, from the pill to tubal ligation. No matter where you are in your life, the team at Arizona Women's Specialists has a family planning option for you. Schedule your birth control consultation by calling the office most convenient to you or booking an appointment online today.
Birth Control Q&A
What is birth control?
Birth control, also known as contraception, includes all methods available for preventing unintended pregnancies. Some forms of birth control you can pick up at your local pharmacy, while others require a prescription or procedure.
Though some methods work better at preventing pregnancy than others, no single type of birth control works for all women.
The Arizona Women's Specialists team includes experts in birth control counseling. The OB/GYN practice offers many birth control options and the team can help you find what works for you, your health, and your family planning needs.
What are my birth control options?
Arizona Women's Specialists offers many types of birth control, from the pill to tubal ligation. Your options include:
Short-acting hormonal contraceptives
The pill, mini pill, birth control shot, vaginal ring (NuvaRing®), and patches are examples of short-acting hormonal contraceptives. These types of birth control contain hormones that prevent your ovaries from releasing an egg.
In order to be the most effective at preventing pregnancy, you must take these forms of birth control as directed by your provider at Arizona Women's Specialists. Missing a pill, patch, or shot may increase your chances of getting pregnant.
Long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs)
Intrauterine devices (IUDs) and birth control implants are types of LARCs. These types of birth control prevent pregnancy by making it impossible for sperm to fertilize an egg, preventing ovaries from releasing an egg, or stopping eggs from implanting into the uterus.
Mirena®, Liletta®, and Kyleena® are hormonal types of IUDs. Paragard® is a nonhormonal IUD. Nexplanon® is a birth control implant. Arizona Women's Specialists carries all of these types of birth control.
Your provider places the device in your uterus (IUD) or your arm (birth control implant). Once in place, LARCs prevent unintended pregnancies anywhere from three to 12 years.
The Arizona Women's Specialists team performs tubal ligation to prevent pregnancy. During the procedure, they block or cut the fallopian tubes to stop your egg from being fertilized by sperm. It is a permanent form of birth control.
How do I know what type of birth control is best for me?
The team provides birth control counseling to help you find the right birth control for you. During your counseling session, your provider asks detailed questions about your current and future pregnancy plans and your medical history.
They talk to you about your birth control options, including how they work, their effectiveness, and their side effects. Then, together, you decide what method makes the right choice for you.
Call Arizona Women's Specialists or schedule your birth control counseling session online today.