Contraception Methods for Women
Birth Control Pills:
At ACO we strongly believe that the 24/4 day regimen is far superior to the 21/7 day dosing. Birth control pills are offered in the clinic for a cash price or we can write a prescription to be filled by a pharmacy.
Another very reliable Contraceptive, especially for women that have trouble with daily medications is the vaginal ring. This is inserted in the vagina and left for 3 weeks, then removed and left out for a week. Some women find that leaving the ring in for 24 days or even 28 days works better for them. We offer free samples in the clinic and can write a prescription to be filled in a pharmacy. The ring works by releasing a hormone called Progestin, which prevents eggs from being released and thickens the cervical mucus, preventing sperm from reaching an egg. We offer free samples in the clinic and can write a prescription to be filled in a pharmacy. The ring works by releasing a hormone called Progestin, which prevents eggs from being released and thickens the cervical mucus, preventing sperm from reaching an egg.
Female condom:Works just as a male condom does but is placed inside the vagina instead on a penis. This works by catching the sperm in the vaginal canal and not letting it into the vagina.
Diaphragm:This is a small dome shaped cup that is placed against your cervix with SPERMICIDE (which is very important to use). This prevent sperm from entering the uterus.
Cervical cap: A latex, thimble shaped device that is inserted unto de vagina and fits snugly over the cervix. Suction keeps the cap in place. A cervical cap provides a barrier to block sperm from entering the uterus and prevents fertilization.
Long Acting Reversible Methods:
Intra-Uterine Device (IUD): We are currently offering Skyla,Paragard, Mirena, and Liletta.These can be placed at the time of your surgical abortion or at your follow up (for those doing a medical abortion). These are all made of plastic and release a small amount of the synthetic hormone progestin, which thickens your cervical mucus to keep sperm from reaching the uterus. These IUD’s stop your regular period but can cause irregular bleeding/spotting. Depending on which device you choose these IUD’s last from 3-6 years. These devices is also completely reversible, meaning as soon as it is removed you return to baseline fertility.
Paragard is made of plastic and a small amount of safe copper. This IUD does not interrupt your periods and can prevent pregnancy for up to 12 years. This device is also completely reversible, meaning as soon as it is removed you return to baseline fertility.
Nexplanon is a small plastic rod that is placed in your upper arm and in most cases is undetectable. It works by releasing small amounts of Progestin which prevent the ovaries from releasing eggs and thickens the cervical mucus. The Nexplanon can be placed at the time of your abortion or your follow up visit and is effective for up to 4 years. This device is also completely reversible, meaning as soon as it is removed you return to baseline fertility. (Nexplanon on the left and a matchstick for size comparison, on the right)
(Depo-Provera); which is administered every 3 months. The shot contains progestin, a hormone that prevents your ovaries from releasing eggs. It also thickens your cervical mucus, which helps block sperm from getting to the egg in the first place.
We do not offer permanent sterilization for women, only for men (vasectomy). We do refer out locally for female sterilization (Essure and Hysterectomies).
Using a formula after tracking 6 months of your period cycle and then abstaining from sex for 7-11 days (varies based on longest cycle length) a month following your period. The effectivity of this birth control method is fair if done correctly every month. If you have sex on your “fertile” days, you must use a backup form of birth control.
Foams, creams, suppositories, and gels, which stop sperm form mobilizing. This is inserted into the vagina near your cervix prior to sex.
Contraception Methods for Men
Pull Out Method or Coitus Interruptus:
The male pulls out before he ejaculates. This is a very old form of birth control with not a great effectivity rate, as this has to happen every time you have sex and soon enough that no sperm enters the vaginal canal no protection against pregnancy and absolutely no protection against sexually transmitted diseases.
A vasectomy is a surgical procedure performed on males in which the vas deferens (tubes that carry sperm from the testicles to the seminal vesicles) are cut, tied, cauterized (burned or seared) or otherwise interrupted.
A thin sheath made of latex, sheep intestines or vinyl that is places over the penis to prevent the sperm from entering the vagina. This is a fairly good method of birth control with failure rates approaching 14% and the only method to stop the spread of most sexually transmitted diseases.
WARNING: "Natural" or sheep intestine condoms offer no protection from the AIDS virus.
We do offer male latex condoms in the clinic for sale (3/$1). We do not sell sheep skin or polyurethane condoms.