Birth Control

Femme Next Generation Women's Care

OBGYNs & Urgent Care located in Thousand Oaks, CA

When you start shopping for birth control options, you face a wide array of options. How do you know which one is best for you? Femme Next Generation Women’s Care in Thousand Oaks, California, provides immediate consultations and quick insertion of IUDs or prescriptions for other methods, so you get protection quickly and effectively. Call the office or schedule an appointment right away online to learn more about your birth control options. You can also walk-in anytime.

Birth Control Q & A

What birth control options are available?

With the wide variety of contraceptive choices available, you need help determining which one best fits your needs. Femme Next Generation Women’s Care helps you navigate your options that include hormonal methods, such as:

  • Birth control pills
  • Vaginal rings, such as NuvaRingⓇ
  • Injections, such as Depo-ProveraⓇ
  • Birth control patches
  • Implants, such as NexplanonⓇ
  • Intrauterine devices (IUDs), including MirenaⓇ

The non-hormonal ParagardⓇ IUD is also available -- it uses copper to repel sperm and prevent pregnancy. 

These methods effectively block pregnancy by halting ovulation and/or by thickening your cervical mucus so the sperm can’t swim to the egg.

Other methods of birth control include barrier methods that prevent the sperm from reaching the egg. Condoms, a diaphragm, and the cervical cap fall into this category.

Permanent methods of birth control include tubal ligation. Your provider can also coach you on fertility awareness methods of birth control that involve cycle monitoring and not having intercourse on your most fertile days.

Fertility awareness is among the least reliable ways to prevent pregnancy, however.

What should I consider when deciding the type of birth control that’s right for me?

Ask yourself about your family plans, your sexual habits, and your ability to remember to use certain methods (such as taking a daily pill or scheduling regular injections).

Many women find the convenience and ease of an IUD to be best as the device is implanted in your uterus and starts protecting you from pregnancy right away without any effort on your part.

At some practices, IUD prescriptions and placement can take up to three weeks following the initial consultation. Femme Next Generation Women’s Care has a turnaround of about 48 hours, but same-day insertion may be possible. This means you get effective contraception quickly to meet the needs of your busy lifestyle.

What birth control methods protect against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)?

For women who are not in a mutually monogamous relationship, using a condom every time you have sexual relations is the best way to protect yourself against sexually transmitted diseases or STDs.

Because condoms aren’t the most effective or convenient form of birth control, it makes sense to use dual coverage – a hormonal method, such as an IUD to prevent conception, and a condom to stay safe from infection.

Get your birth control needs met expediently. Call the office of Femme Next Generation Women’s Care or schedule an immediate appointment using this website. You can also walk-in during business hours.