Contraception Options

Contraception for Women

Birth Control Pills:

At ACCON we strongly believe that the 24/4 day regimen is far superior to the 21/7 day dosing. The oral contraceptive we recommend for most women is Minastrin 24 Fe.

Vaginal ring:

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.

Barrier Methods:

Female condom: The only method to offer both prevention of pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. Failure rates are reported as high as 14% for contraception. It is strongly recommended that condoms be used in addition with all other methods to prevent STDs.

Diaphragm: A shallow, dome shaped rubber disk with a flexible rim that fits within the vagina and covers the cervix so sperm cannot enter 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 both the Mirena and the Paragard intrauterine devices. Either can be placed at the time of your abortion or at your 6 week check-up.

Implantable rods: Implanon can be placed at the time of your abortion or your follow up visit.

Permanent Sterilization:

Tubal ligation (or tubals as they are usually called): Work by interrupting the path the egg must travel through to reach the uterus. The fallopian tube that carries the egg from the ovary to the uterus must be cut, clamped, burned or sometimes a combination of the above. This almost always requires general anesthesia and at least the expense of out-patient surgery center and the cost of laporoscopy. Two or three days of time off is usually needed for the symptoms to subside.

Contraception for Men

Coitus Interruptus:

Also known as withdrawal. In typical use this method offers almost no protection against pregnancy and absolutely no protection against sexually transmitted diseases.

Male condom:

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.