Choosing the right kind of birth control method for your lifestyle is an important and personal decision. The doctors, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants at One Medical can help you find the right birth control for you, whether it’s an oral contraceptive pill, IUD, non-hormonal birth control, or something else. Our team of experts can provide thorough, accurate information on the many birth control options out there and discuss your unique health history and fertility goals to figure out which option may be best for you.
In general, birth control is any kind of method that’s used to prevent pregnancy. But birth control can also be used to address a variety of other concerns, like painful or irregular periods or lack of periods. This includes birth control pills (or oral contraceptive pills or OCPs), condoms, and IUDs (like Mirena, Skyla, Liletta, and Kyleena). There are hormonal birth control methods available by prescription, which include combination birth control pills (like Yaz, Seasonique, Ortho Tri-Cyclen, and Lybrel) as well as progestin-only birth control pills or the mini-pill (like Camila, Jolivette, and Ovrette). Other forms of hormonal birth control include patches (Xulane), vaginal rings (NuvaRing), shots (Depo-Provera), and implants (Nexplanon). There are also prescription non-hormonal methods like the copper IUD (Paragard). For some people, non-prescription barrier methods like male and female condoms or diaphragms may be the best form of birth control.
Because the doctors and other providers at One Medical are trained in a variety of women’s health issues, they can provide many of the services offered by a gynecologist or OB/GYN (like birth control counseling and prescriptions), so there’s no need to book an appointment with a separate women’s health doctor.