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Contraception & Family Planning

Contraception, or birth control, is the use of a medication, device or other method to prevent pregnancy. Contraceptives can work in a number of ways:

  • Blocking ovulation, the release of eggs from a woman's ovary
  • Preventing sperm from getting into the uterus and fallopian tubes (where fertilization of the egg by the sperm normally occurs)
  • Preventing implantation of the embryo into the uterine lining

Contraceptive methods, devices and medications include:

  • Hormonal contraceptives, including pills, skin patches and vaginal rings
  • Injectable contraceptives
  • Barrier methods
  • Intrauterine devices (IUDs)
  • Sterilization
  • Periodic abstinence
  • Withdrawal

Learning about available contraceptive techniques, understanding which factors should be considered in your decision-making, and receiving guidance from your doctor are essential in determining the method(s) most appropriate and effective for your specific family planning and reproductive health needs.

We are happy to help you determine the contraceptive method best for you and your family.