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Birth Control

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 and family planning: Why choose us?

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: 

  • Large provider team: Our program is home to a diverse team of gynecologists, nurse midwives and nurse practitioners. Experts represent a range of races, ethnicities, genders and care philosophies. All providers use research-based methods to guide birth control recommendations. Meet our team
  • Personalized care: Our providers get to know you by asking questions about your sexual history and overall health. We offer a nonjudgmental care environment where you can freely express your needs and preferences. This information helps you receive the birth control method that's right for you.
  • Convenience: We have experts in clinic locations throughout the Puget Sound, making it easier to access birth control when you need it. Many of our providers offer online appointment scheduling, enabling you to schedule a visit without making a phone call. Browse providers offering online scheduling.

Is birth control right for me?

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.

Birth control options we offer

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.

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Find out more about our gynecology services in the Puget Sound area or make an appointment.