At Victoria Women's Clinic, we strive to offer you the healthiest and most modern options for birth control. Recent advances provide you with the choice of whether to administer your contraceptive daily, weekly or monthly, or you may choose to make your birth control a permanent sterilization. Talk with your physician at to decide which birth control method best suits your preferences and lifestyle. Options include:
Mirena is a soft, flexible IUD that releases small amounts of hormone locally into your uterus. It gives you birth control you can count on—that lasts for as long as you want, for up to 5 years. It is more than 99% effective at preventing pregnancy and you can try to become pregnant as soon as Mirena is removed. Within a year of having Mirena removed, about 8 out of 10 women succeed at becoming pregnant. If you have a pelvic infection, get infections easily or have certain cancers, Mirena is not right for you. Mirena is also proven to reduce heavy periods in women who choose intrauterine contraception.
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ParaGard® is the only reversible birth control that's more than 99% effective, 100% hormone free and doesn't require any daily routine.* It's a hormone-free intrauterine contraceptive (IUC) that can be placed by your doctor in a routine office visit. It starts working immediately, and it'll protect you from pregnancy for as long as you wish: 2, 5, even up to 10 years. It's also a flexible birth control option because it can be removed by your doctor anytime if you decide you're ready to start trying to get pregnant. And, unlike other forms of prescription birth control, it won't alter your menstrual cycle—it remains natural.
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Kyleena is a small, T-shaped IUD that is made of soft, flexible plastic. It is the smallest 5 year IUD. It is 99% effective at preventing pregnancy for each year of use and 98.5% effective over 5 years. Kyleena works by giving you a continuous low dose of progestin---a hormone that acts primarily in the uterus. And Kyleena is estrogen-free. It is birth control that can be used whether or not you’ve had a baby. IUD’s are reversible, and be removed by your healthcare provider at any time, so you can try to get pregnant starting a month after removal. If you have a pelvic infection, get infections easily, or have certain cancers, don’t use Kyleena.
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Liletta is a sterile, levonorgestrel-releasing IUD, >99% effective in preventing pregnancy for up to 4 years. Liletta works by giving you a continuous low dose of progestin---a hormone that acts primarily in the uterus. And Liletta is estrogen-free. It is birth control that can be used whether or not you’ve had a baby, but best in women who have had babies before. IUD’s are reversible, and be removed by your healthcare provider at any time, so you can try to get pregnant starting a month after removal. If you have a pelvic infection, get infections easily, or have certain cancers, don’t use Liletta.
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Nexplanon is an implant contraceptive that prevents pregnancy in several ways. The most important way is by stopping release of an egg from your ovary. Nexplanon is more than 99% effective at preventing pregnancy, which means that there is less than one pregnancy per 100 women who use Nexplanon for one year.
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If you decide to use an oral hormonal contraceptive, there are a variety of pills available in different doses. The Pill should be taken every day, at approximately the same time each day and is 99% effective if taken correctly.
Depo Provera is a very effective method of birth control that contains the hormone progestin. It is good for women who find daily birth control methods inconvenient. Depo Provera is an injection that you get from your doctor once every 3 months. It is a safe, convenient, and private birth control method that works well if you get it on time. When used perfectly, the birth control shot is 99% effective. You can become pregnant as soon as 3 to 4 months after your last shot, but it could take up to a year or 2 to conceive after stopping this type of birth control. It does not provide protection against sexually transmitted diseases. Change in menstrual cycle is the most common side effect. Long-term use may lead to loss of bone density and women who have multiple risk factors for cardiovascular disease may be at an increased risk using this birth control method.
The NuvaRing is another option for contraceptive that is for people who cannot remember to take a pill daily. The Nuvaring is not permanent. It is a flexible ring about 2 inches in diameter . The ring is placed in the vagina by the patient herself. The ring will be in place for three weeks then removed for one week. The Nuvaring releases hormones locally into the vagina that get absorbed systemically. NuvaRing has very low dose hormones. NuvaRing is 99% effective if used correctly.
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The Birth Control Patch is another option for birth control for women who are busy and cannot remember to take a pill daily. The Birth Control Patch is a hormonal option for birth control. It is a small plastic patch that releases hormones through transdermal technology. The Patch is removed and replaced weekly for three weeks. The Patch is 99% effective when used correctly. The Patch does expose patient to higher doses of Estrogen and this will be discussed with you by your physician.
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A condom is a thin covering worn on the penis during sex to prevent pregnancy. Condoms are the only method of birth control that prevents sexually transmitted diseases (STD’s). They are available with or without latex and spermicides. No prescription is needed. Condoms are 85% effective at preventing pregnancy with typical use. The best way to make condoms work as well as possible is if you use them correctly every time you have sex, there’s very little chance of pregnancy, or getting or giving an STD.