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312 9th Street SW, Waverly, Iowa 50677

(319) 352-4120

Birth Control You Control



Birth control is how you prevent pregnancy and there are lots of birth control options. Our doctors can help you decide which method works best for you its birth control you control.

 

Lifestyle Options

  • Not Having Sex
    • 100% effective
  • Withdraw (Pull-Out) Method
    • Up to 78% effective
    • Use every time
  • Natural Family Planning
    • 76-97% effective
    • Use daily

Over-the-Counter Options

  • Condom – fits over erect penis and catches sperm when the man “comes”
    • 82-98% effective
    • Use every time
  • Female Condom – a soft, plastic pouch put inside the vagina catches the sperm
    • Up to 79% effective
    • Use every time
  • Birth Control Sponge – the sponge blocks sperm from the uterus
    • Up to 76% effective
    • Use every time
  • Spermicide – a chemical put in the vagina right before sex to stop sperm from entering the uterus
    • Up to 71% effective
    • Use every time

Prescription Options

  • Pill – birth control pills have hormones that prevent ovulation and makes cervical mucus thicker
    • 91-99% effective
    • Take daily
  • Ring (NuvaRing®) – the birth control ring has hormones that prevent ovulation and makes cervical mucus thicker
    • 91-99% effective
    • Replace monthly
  • Cervical Cap (FemCap®– the cervical cap stops sperm from entering the uterus
    • Up to 71% effective
    • Use every time
  • Diaphragm – small rubber cup fits inside vagina, over cervix (opening to the womb)
    • 88-94% effective
    • Use every time
  • Patch – the birth control patch has hormones that prevent ovulation and makes cervical mucus thicker
    • 91-99% effective
    • Replace weekly

Long-Acting, Reversible Contraception

  • Shot (Depo-Provera®) the shot has artificial hormones, which prevents ovulation and makes cervical mucus thicker
    • 94-99% effective
    • Get every 3 months
  • Intrauterine Device, also know as IUD (Mirena®, ParaGard®, Skyla®, etc.)a small piece of flexible plastic, shaped like a T, that is inserted in the uterus. IUDs don’t allow sperm to get to an egg.
    • More than 99% effective
    • Lasts 3-10 years
  • Implant (Nexplanon®) a tiny thin rod placed under the skin of your upper arm that releases the hormone progestin, which prevents ovulation and makes cervical mucus thicker
    • More than 99% effective
    • Lasts 3 years

Sterilization

  • Tubal Ligation a surgical procedure for women that cuts or blocks the fallopian tubes
    • More than 99% effective
    • Permanent
  • Vasectomy – an in-office procedure for men that cuts and seals the tubes that carry sperm into the semen
    • More than 99% effective
    • Permanent

 

Your doctor is available to discuss these options with you. If you do not have a primary care provider, click here to find a clinic near you or visit our Women’s Clinic.

 

*Effectiveness rates from Contraceptive Technology, Twentieth Revised Edition, 2011.