Unintended pregnancies can have a direct impact to a woman’s health and well-being. Family planning involves a partnership with your provider to discuss plans for intended pregnancies, spacing of pregnancies, possible risks of pregnancies, and contraceptive counseling.
As a family practice we have the ability to evaluate your health and counsel you on any changes you should make before becoming pregnant. We offer a variety of contraceptive options in the office like the birth control pill/patch, Depo injection and vaginal ring. If you are interested in an IUD or implant in the arm we can refer you to a specialist.
After pregnancy we assess mental health and do screenings for postpartum depression.
Sexual Screening and Counseling
Sexual health is an important aspect of women’s health, and Provida Family Medicine’s highly trained medical team will provide you with the information you need to protect yourself and stay healthy.
Our staff will answer the questions you have in a safe and comfortable environment and offer counseling, sexual health screenings for infections and diseases, and other educational resources.
Types of Contraception:
Condoms– A latex or polyurethane sheath which is placed around the erect penis or inside the vagina before intercourse. Condoms can be purchased at most drug and grocery stores without a prescription.
Hormonal Contraceptives– Hormonal contraceptives are one of the more popular methods of preventing pregnancy. This contraception prevents the ovary from releasing an egg during the cycle. You will need a prescription to purchase hormonal birth control at your local pharmacy. Types of hormonal birth control methods include pills, implants, progestin injections, vaginal rings, skin patches, or emergency contraception (morning after pill).
IUD (Intrauterine Device)– An IUD is a plastic or copper device placed inside of the uterus. IUDs can be left in place between 3-10 years depending on the type. Although we don’t place the IUDs here in our office we can refer you to a specialist for this. If you decide to have it removed that is a procedure that we can quickly and easily do in our office.
Vasectomy– A vasectomy is an office procedure done under local anesthesia with a urologist that results in permanent sterilization of the male partner. This is a good option if the woman is unable to use other contraceptives and the couple desires a more permanent method.