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Birth Control Specialist

Rickie Guida, WHNP-BC -  - Gynecologist

Alpenglow Gynecology

Rickie Guida, WHNP-BC

Gynecologist located in Littleton, CO

If you’re sexually active and want to prevent pregnancy, having a birth control plan is a must. At Alpenglow Gynecology in Littleton, Colorado, Rickie Guida, WHNP-BC and the team can help you navigate the many birth control choices to find one that meets your needs. Call the office or book an appointment online to set up a birth control consultation today.

Birth Control

What are the types of birth control?

Birth control works in different ways to prevent pregnancy. The general types include:

  • Barrier methods, such as condoms, that prevent sperm from reaching an egg
  • Hormonal methods, such as the birth control pill or Depo-ProveraⓇ shots, that prevent your ovaries from releasing eggs
  • Intrauterine devices (IUDs), which are implanted in the uterus to prevent pregnancy
  • Sterilization, such as vasectomy or hysterectomy, which permanently alter fertility

You may also choose methods that involve monitoring your cycles, such as the rhythm method and cervical mucus observation. A team member can explain each type and its pros and cons.

What is the best type of birth control?

The type of birth control that’s best for you depends on a number of factors. These include:

  • How soon, if ever, you want children
  • Your health history
  • How often you have sex
  • Whether you have multiple partners
  • Each methods’ possible side effects

You should also consider the effectiveness of the type you choose as well as how easy it is for you. For example, are you willing to take a pill every day or insert a device into your vagina?

Does birth control protect you from sexually transmitted diseases?

The only methods of birth control that protect you from sexually transmitted diseases are male and female condoms. Condoms, however, are not the most effective way to prevent pregnancy. If you have multiple partners, or your partner has multiple partners, and you don’t want to become pregnant, it’s best to use a condom along with another type of birth control, such as the pill or an IUD.

What are NuvaRing® and Nexplanon®?

NuvaRing and Nexplanon are hormonal forms of birth control. They release a small number of hormones into your system to disrupt ovulation.

With NuvaRing, you insert a small, flexible ring into your vagina and leave it in for three weeks. You then take it out for a week and replace it with a new one the following weeks. When used properly, it’s as effective as the pill.

Nexplanon is a long-term implant. It’s a small, flexible insert place just under the skin in your upper arm in a simple in-office procedure. It can protect against pregnancy for up to three years and is 99% effective.