Choosing a Contraceptive
When choosing a method of birth control Dr. McLaughlin and Kristi Marsella understand that it is personal decision based on individual preferences, medical history and lifestyle.
We provide the full range of contraceptive options including oral, injectables, subcutaneous and vaginal contraceptives. The following types of contraception are offered at Women’s Specialty Health Centers, but are not limited to:
Two types of birth control pills include: 1) combination pills (containing both estrogen and a progestin) which prevents ovulation; and, 2) progestin only pills which thicken/reduce cervical mucus (prevents sperm from reaching an egg) and prevents the uterine lining from thickening (prevents the fertilized egg from implanting in the uterus).
The Mirena is a small, flexible, progestin hormone releasing device which is inserted in the uterus through the cervix. A Mirena IUD, which is inserted during a routine office visit, works continuosly and lasts for up to 5 years without the hassle of taking a daily pill.
Implanon, a contraceptive implant, is inserted underneath the skin of the upper arm during a routine office visit. Within 24 hours of insertion, this contraception is effective and provides continuos low dose progestin and lasts for up to 5 years without the hassle of taking a daily pill.
NuvaRing, a small flexible 2” diameter ring, is inserted vaginally once every month.. NuvaRing releases a continuous low dose combination of estrogen and progestin without the hassle of remembering to take a daily pill.