Birth Control

Birth Control Specialist
Choosing a birth control method isn’t always an easy task. It’s very important to select a method that works well with your lifestyle, that’s easy to use, and of course, that’s as effective as possible in preventing an unplanned pregnancy. Gresham Women's Healthcare makes it easy for women in and around Gresham, Oregon, to get the birth control they want and need by offering the broadest array of options, including birth control pills, IUDs, arm implants, and other options. They also perform permanent procedures like tubal ligation and Essure® sterilization, making their care unique to each patient.

Birth Control Q & A

Gresham Women's Healthcare, PC

What types of birth control do the doctors at Gresham's Women's Healthcare offer?

The team at Gresham Women's Healthcare understands how important it is for a woman to have a form of birth control that suits her needs, her lifestyle, and her comfort level, and they offer a complete array of contraceptive options, including:

  • Birth control pills
  • Contraceptive ring
  • Contraceptive patch
  • Hormone injections
  • IUDs (intrauterine devices)
  • Arm implants
  • Essure® sterilization
  • Diaphragms
  • Tubal ligation
  • Natural family planning counseling

Some birth control methods can help reduce menstrual cramps or reduce acne breakouts. During the initial consultation visit, patients will be asked about their lifestyles and their personal preferences to determine which birth control method is right for their needs.

How does an IUD work?

An IUD is a small t-shaped device that is either clad in copper — which stimulates the uterus to produce a fluid that’s toxic to sperm (but completely harmless to the patient) — or uses the hormone progestin to thicken the cervical mucus to block sperm and prevent ovulation in some women.


How are IUDs placed?

Placement of an IUD is performed in the office during a simple procedure that takes less than 15 minutes.

The insertion procedure begins much like a normal pelvic exam. After removing her clothing from the waist down and putting on a gown, the patient lies on the exam table with her feet in the supporting stirrups.

Then the doctor will insert a lubricated speculum into the vagina and gently widen the vaginal canal before inserting the IUD into the uterus through the cervix (the uterine opening).

Once inserted, the crosspiece of the T-shaped IUD anchors the device in place while the longer “tail” piece descends into the vaginal canal. Rarely, an IUD may fall out. Feeling for this tail before having sex ensures the device is in place.

An IUD lasts between three to ten years depending on the type used and it can be removed at any time should you desire to become pregnant.

 

How is an arm implant inserted?

The NEXPLANON® arm implant is inserted through a tiny incision or nick in the upper arm during a very brief procedure that’s performed right in the office.

First, the doctor will cleanse the skin then numb it using a local anesthetic.

The tiny nick will be made in the skin and the implant will be inserted just beneath the skin’s — deep enough so it won’t be visible — but it can still be felt when the skin is pressed.

The NEXPLANON implant releases a steady dose of hormones over time, and it can remain in place for 3 years, and when it’s time for removal, that procedure is done in the office as well.

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Gresham Women's Healthcare, PC
2150 Northeast Division Street
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Gresham , OR 97030