Birth Control

Gyne Health Women's Center

Women's Health and Wellness & Medical Weight Loss located in Alexandria, VA

You don’t want a baby right now, and so you’re looking for a type of birth control that works with your lifestyle. Experienced nurse practitioners Joanna Sampson, FNP, NP, and Dr. Ashwina Sheth, offer birth control counseling at Gyne Health Women's Center in Alexandria, Virginia, so you can find the right type of contraception at every stage of your life. If you live in the Alexandria area, call the compassionate women’s health experts at Gyne Health Women's Center, or make an appointment online.

Birth Control Q & A

What is birth control?

Birth control refers to a variety of practices and medical assistance that prevents unwanted pregnancies. At Gyne Health Women's Center, the practitioners help you find the perfect type of birth control that matches your needs, lifestyle, and values.

What if I want natural birth control?

If you’d like to avoid medical devices and hormonal birth control, the team at Gyne Health Women's Center may recommend several different types of natural birth control:

Withdrawal: Your partner withdraws before ejaculation (78% effective)
Fertility awareness: You avoid sexual intercourse on fertile days (up to 76% effective)
Nursing: breastfeeding regularly and exclusively for six months prevents a new pregnancy (98% effectiveness)

None of the natural methods of birth control protect against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). The experts at Gyne Health Women's Center recommend the use of male or female condoms to keep you and your partner safe.

What if I only need birth control once in a while?

If you don’t want continuous birth control, you might be happiest with a barrier method. Barrier methods are generally used once and then removed or discarded. Some options that protect against STDs are:

  • Male condoms (85% effective against pregnancy)
  • Female condoms (79%)

Barrier methods that don’t protect against STDs are: 

  • Reusable diaphragm with spermicide (88% effective)
  • Sponge with spermicide (up to 88%)
  • Reusable cervical cap (up to 86%)

The medical team at Gyne Health Women's Center recommends using condoms with the diaphragm, sponge, or cervical caps to protect against STDs.

What if I want long-term, reversible birth control?

Hormonal birth control and intrauterine devices (IUDs) offer long-term protection. If you decide you want to become pregnant, your nurse simply removes the device, or you discontinue use. Choose from:

  • Pills: taken daily (91% effective)
  • Shots: required every three months (94%)
  • Implant: replaced every 3-5 years (99%)
  • Vaginal ring: replaced monthly (91%)
  • Hormonal or copper IUD: replace every 5-12 years (99%)

A copper IUD can also be used for emergency contraception.

What if I want permanent birth control?

If you’re 100% sure that you never want to have a baby, you and your partner may want to consider sterilization. Methods include:

  • Vasectomy for males
  • Tubal ligation for females
  • Essure® implant for females

To choose the best type of birth control for you, call the team at Gyne Health Women's Center, or make an appointment online.