Birth control makes it possible to delay or avoid pregnancy. It's also a common medical treatment for certain gynecologic conditions, such as fibroids and heavy periods. At Virginia Mason Franciscan Health, you have many options. Our caring professionals ensure you receive the right one for your needs and have a good experience.
Birth control is a common gynecologic concern and nothing to be embarrassed about. Our compassionate team is easy to talk to and wants the best for you. We consider all your options and then recommend the one that's appropriate for you. If you are currently on birth control, we discuss how it's going and if we need to make any adjustments.
Highlights of our program include:
Birth control may be a good option if you do not wish to get pregnant. It's also a treatment for certain gynecologic concerns, including:
Family planning appointments and your period
If you are menstruating on the day of your appointment, it doesn't mean you have to cancel. We can likely still perform a comprehensive evaluation, including a pelvic exam if necessary. You also have the option of rescheduling if you prefer. Find out more about preparing for your gynecology appointment.
At Virginia Mason Franciscan Health, you have access to a broad range of birth control options, including:
These options use estrogen and progesterone, or progesterone alone, to avoid pregnancy. They can prevent ovulation or reduce the likelihood of a fertilized egg attaching to the uterus. Hormonal birth control recommendations may include pills, patches, rings or shots. All these options are reversible, making it possible to become pregnant once you stop taking them.
Your provider implants an IUD into your uterus during an office visit. There are hormonal and copper devices, both of which offer long-term birth control. We may recommend a copper IUD if you need hormone-free birth control. IUDs are a reversible option. When you wish to start a family, your provider removes the device.
You may be eligible for this procedure if you face a higher risk of cervical cancer. It involves removing the fallopian tubes through small incisions, which prevents mature eggs from traveling to the uterus. Salpingectomy is permanent birth control and not reversible. Find out more about minimally invasive gynecologic surgery.
Find out more about our gynecology services in the Puget Sound area or make an appointment.