Health Center - Birth Control

For many women, birth control pills are the contraception method of choice. “The pill” has evolved over the years and more options exist than ever before. Unsure which is the right birth control method for you? Not sure what to do if you miss a pill? Find answers to these questions and more here.
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Permanent Birth Control: Understanding Your Options

permanent birth control - woman in living roomWhen women have decided they are "done" having children, they need to understand their options for permanent birth control. Permanent birth control is the second most common form of birth control in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), but a recent survey conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of HealthyWomen found that a majority of women aren't aware of all their options for permanent birth control. And, most women surveyed hadn't discussed the topic with their OB/GYN.

Why women choose permanent birth control
According to the survey, women find many benefits of permanent birth control. These include never having to worry about an unplanned pregnancy, the ability to have sex when and where you want, not having to take hormones and the overall ease it brings.

The survey cited effectiveness in preventing pregnancy as one of the most important factors when considering permanent birth control. Permanent birth control procedures range between 98 and 99.8 percent effective, depending on the method. Permanent birth control is more effective than most temporary methods of birth control, particularly barrier methods such as the condom and diaphragm.

Talk to your health care professional about permanent birth control
Determining whether or not you're ready for permanent birth control is an important decision. While a majority of the women surveyed who are interested in permanent birth control have talked to their partner about it, less than a quarter of women have discussed the topic with their health care professional.

Here are some tips for talking to your health care professional: