Contraception Specialist

North Pointe OB/GYN

Gynecologists & Obstetricians located in Cumming, GA & Dawsonville, GA

Drs. Nancy M. Walsh, Angela C.B. Walker, Gretchen Mitchell, Robert B. Barrett, and Sean J. Lambert of North Pointe OB/GYN have helped many women who wanted contraception. Many of the women they’ve seen have recommended them to other women who live in North Atlanta, including Cumming and Dawsonville, Georgia.

Contraception Q & A

What Forms of Contraception Are Available?

There are several different types of contraception available to women. Common methods include:

  • condoms
  • intrauterine devices (IUDs)
  • medications
  • sterilization procedures

Two medications that are widely used for contraception are birth control pills and Mirena IUD's.

Sterilization procedures include laparoscopic sterilizations and Essure sterilizations. Because these are intended to be a permanent form of birth control, they’re only used when a woman is sure she doesn’t want to have children in the future.

What Exactly Are Intrauterine Devices (IUDs)?

Intrauterine devices are small devices that an OB/GYN inserts into the uterus. They provide long-term, but not permanent, birth control.

IUDs fall into two categories: copper IUDs and non-copper ones. Copper IUDs release copper into the uterus. Copper is a natural spermicide, and the released copper kills sperm before they reach the woman’s egg. Non-copper IUDs release a hormone called progestin. Progestin makes the mucus around the cervix thicken so that sperm can’t get beyond the cervix.

One widely used copper IUD is Paragard. Non-copper brands include Skyla and Mirena.

Is an IUD or Birth Control Medication Better?

IUDs and birth control medications are both effective forms of contraception that don’t interfere with intercourse. Which is preferable for a particular woman depends on whether she has any medical conditions and her own preferences. Women who want to explore both these contraceptive options should discuss them with an OB/GYN who can explain each in greater detail.

Who Should Talk with a Doctor About Contraception?

All women who are sexually active and want to avoid a potential pregnancy should make an appointment to speak with a doctor about the contraceptive methods that are available. Women who aren’t yet sexually active but may become sexually active in the near future may also want to talk with a physician.

Major Insurance Plans Accepted

At North Pointe OB/GYN, we accept most major medical insurance plans. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed here.

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Aetna
Amerigroup
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Cigna
Coventry Health Care
First Health
Humana
Multiplan, Inc.
PHCS
Tricare
UniCare
United Healthcare
WellCare
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