Rancho OBGYN

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BIRTH CONTROL - METHODS & OPTIONS

DOES RANCHO OBGYN IN MURRIETA OFFER BIRTH CONTROL?

Yes! All of the providers at Rancho OB/GYN are educated in all forms of birth control. 

 

At Rancho OB/GYN, our gynecologists offer:

 

 

  • Birth control pills
  • Surgical sterilization (getting your “tubes tied”)
  • Long Acting Birth Control (LARC), which consists of:
  • Subdermal implant (Nexplanon)
  • Copper IUD (ParaGard)
  • Progesterone-based IUDs (such as Mirena, Kyleena, Skyla)
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WHAT IS THE BEST FORM OF BIRTH CONTROL?

Choosing birth control can be difficult as each method has risks and benefits associated with its use.

Which method is best for you depends on many factors including:


  • Whether you want children in the future
  • How long you plan to wait before you get pregnant
  • What the pattern of your menstrual cycle is (heavy, light, monthly, irregular, etc)
  • How sensitive you are to hormones in birth control 
  • Whether you can remember to take pills every day or you prefer a method of birth control you do not have to think about

At Rancho OB/GYN (located near Rancho Springs Hospital in Murrieta, California), our gynecologists are experts in all forms of birth control and we would love to work with you to determine the best option for you and your lifestyle. 


Please call to schedule your appointment today because better health starts here!

I DO NOT WANT MORE CHILDREN, WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SURGICAL STERILIZATION?

Sterilization is a very effective form of birth control.

 

It involves an outpatient surgery to either cut the fallopian tubes or remove the fallopian tubes (salpingectomy) to prevent pregnancy. 

 

The surgery is performed under general anesthesia (you are asleep) and takes less than an hour. You go home the same day and recover within two weeks of surgery.

 

Sterilization is a great option for women who are 100% sure they do not want more children, but it is irreversible. 

 

This means, if a woman changes her mind later in life about having more children, she will be unable to naturally get pregnant if she undergoes sterilization. 

HOW DOES A DOCTOR PERFORM SURGICAL STERILIZATION?

Sterilization is performed by either cutting the fallopian tubes or removing the fallopian tubes completely (salpingectomy) to prevent pregnancy. 

 

It is an outpatient surgery.

 

The surgery is performed under general anesthesia (you are asleep) and takes less than an hour. You go home the same day and recover within two weeks of surgery.

 

WHAT IS LARC AND WHY SHOULD I CONSIDER IT?

LARC (Long acting reversible contraception) is a long-term birth control solution for women who either want more children in the future or who do not want more children in the future, but do not want to undergo surgery to permanently prevent pregnancy.


The pill is a daily prescription that can result in pregnancy if a woman forgets to take it for a day or two. 

LARC is the solution for “in between” these two options. 

It is a form of birth control that is as reliable as “getting your tubes tied” (>99% effective), but it is not permanent. 


LARC is gently implanted into your body (arm or uterus) so you do not have to remember to take a pill every day and it can be kept in place to prevent pregnancy for years to come. But, the BEST part about LARC is that it can also be easily removed by one of our Rancho OBGyn providers when you are ready for more children!

 
 

At Rancho OB/GYN, our providers are trained in placing three types of LARC. They are:

 

  • Subdermal implant (Nexplanon)
  • Progesterone-based IUD (Mirena, Kyleena, Skyla, among others)
  • Copper IUD (ParaGard)

If you are interested in learning more about LARC, call Rancho OB/GYN to schedule your appointment so that we can help you take control of your health!

 

 

WHAT IS A SUBDERMAL IMPLANT?

The only LARC that goes under the skin (subdermal) is the Nexplanon. It is a small flexible rod that our gynecologists at Rancho OBGyn place under the skin in your arm. 

 

HOW DOES THE NEXPLANON WORK?

The Nexplanon slowly releases progesterone in your bloodstream. It is the most effective form of birth control because the progesterone it releases works in multiple ways to prevent you from becoming pregnant.

 

The Nexplanon is FDA approved for up to three years for birth control. However, if at any time a woman decides she would like to become pregnant earlier than that, our providers at Rancho OB/GYN can quickly remove it for you in the office. 

 

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WILL I GAIN WEIGHT IF I USE NEXPLANON?

Unlike the Depo-Provera shot, studies do not show women gain weight while using the Nexplanon device. This can be a significant advantage for its use. 

HOW DOES RANCHO OB/GYN PLACE THE NEXPLANON?

The Nexplanon is placed during an office visit by one of our providers at Rancho OBGyn. 

Local anesthesia is used to numb your arm then a needle is used to insert the device under your skin.

There can be some bruising right after the placement, but placing the Nexplanon is very quick and well tolerated by our patients.

If you are interested in learning more about the Nexplanon,  call Rancho OBGYN to schedule your appointment today because better health starts here!

ARE IUD’s BETTER THAN NEXPLANON?

The Nexplanon is the most effective form of birth control, but the IUDs are also a great option for women considering LARC. 

 

The advantage to the IUD is that it has less side effects. 

Using Nexplanon, a woman might experience bloating, headaches, breast pain, acne, and mood changes.  The IUD only rarely causes these side effects. 

 

Additionally, the IUD may be a better option for women who struggle with their periods as most women (more than 50%) will have improvement in their menstrual bleeding when they use the progesterone-based IUD. 

WHAT IS THE IUD?

The IUD is a thin “T-shaped” device placed inside the uterus to prevent pregnancy. 

 

There are two categories of IUD’s

 

  • The progesterone-based IUD’s (Mirena, Kyleena, Skyla, among others)
  • The copper IUD (Paragard)

 

They are equally effective and our providers at Rancho OBGyn are experts in placing both types of IUDs.

ARE IUD’S DANGEROUS?

No. IUD’s are a safe and highly effective form of birth control.

HOW DOES THE PROGESTERONE-BASED IUD WORK?

Like the Nexplanon, progesterone-based IUDs slowly release progesterone to prevent pregnancy. 

 

The difference is, the progesterone from the IUD is localized to your uterus so it does not affect your ovaries or overall hormone levels.

HOW DOES THE COPPER IUD WORK?

The ParaGard IUD is the only non-hormonal IUD approved for use in the US. 

 

It contains copper and prevents pregnancy by creating inflammation within the uterine cavity. 

 

HOW IS THE IUD PLACED?

Placement of an IUD is quick. It is placed inside the uterine cavity during a pelvic exam in the office.
There can be some cramping right after the placement, but placing an IUD is very well tolerated by patients.

 

If you are interested in learning more about birth control, call Rancho OB/GYN to schedule your appointment today because better health starts here! Our Gynecologists serve the areas of Temecula, Murrieta, Lake Elsinore, Canyon Lake, Hemet, and Fallbrook, California.