Birth Control

We offer all reversible methods of birth control

The board-certified nurse practitioners at FamilyCare of Kent, Washington routinely counsel teens, young adults, and adults about the various methods of birth control. After conducting a pelvic examination, we will explain the many birth control methods available, including:

Our nurse practitioners will counsel you about which birth control options may be best for your personal needs. They will also help you protect yourself from unwanted pregnancy and potentially life-threatening STDs.

You should never use birth control if you think you might be pregnant. It is also important to note that birth control does not prevent or treat sexually transmitted diseases or infections, such as HPV.

Birth Control Pills, Patches, and Rings

There are many different types of birth control pills, and they must be taken every day to control hormone levels and prevent pregnancy.

The patch (Ortho Evra®) is worn for three weeks in a row, followed by a week when it is not worn. A new patch is needed each month. While wearing the patch, synthetic estrogen and progestin hormones are released to prevent pregnancy.

Similar to the patch, a birth control ring (NuvaRing®) is worn for three weeks in order to prevent pregnancy, but the ring is inserted in the vagina. It is removed for one week. A new ring must be used each month.

Pills, patches, and rings can also be used to prevent periods as well as pregnancies.

Depo-Provera® (The Shot)

The Depo-Provera® shot is an injected dose of progestin used only to prevent pregnancy for 12 weeks, at which time another shot is needed. The shot is one of the most effective methods of birth control.

Nexplanon® (The Rod)

Nexplanon® is a small rod that is surgically placed under the skin in the upper arm area. The rod releases progestin to prevent the release of an egg and to thicken the cervical mucus. It is effective for up to three years, at which time it needs to be removed and replaced by another implant. Nexplanon can be removed at any time during the three-year period, returning a woman to her pre-use fertility status.

Diaphrams, Cervical Caps, and Shields

Diaphragms, caps, and shields are devices that are placed in the vagina to cover the cervix and prevent the entry of sperm during sex. Most kinds of diaphragms and cervical caps have to be sized by your healthcare provider.

Intrauterine Devices (IUDs)

IUDs are small T-shaped plastic devices that are placed inside the uterus to prevent pregnancy for three, five, or ten years. They must be inserted and removed by a trained professional. Our nurse practitioners have pioneered the use of cervical blocks to eliminate the pain that occurs when inserting an intrauterine contraceptive device. Learn about the different IUDs we offer.

For more information about your birth control options or to schedule an appointment to speak with a nurse practitioner, call FamilyCare of Kent (WA) at (253) 859-2273 (CARE) or use our appointment request form to get in touch with us now!