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About Contraception

Finding the right contraception method is an important step in preventing unwanted pregnancies. Midsouth Independent Group (MIG) providers in Memphis, Tennessee, offer a wide range of contraception options to prevent pregnancy. The gynecology providers can help you choose between popular contraception options like pills, patches, and intrauterine devices (IUDs). They also offer a permanent form of contraception. To schedule a contraception consultation, contact a Midsouth Independent Group provider today. 

Contraception Q & A

What is contraception?

Contraception prevents unintended pregnancies. There are a variety of contraception methods your MIG provider can recommend, including:

  • Condoms

  • Diaphragms

  • Sponges

  • Patches

  • Oral pills

  • Implants

  • Injections

  • Intrauterine devices (IUDs)

Your MIG gynecology specialist also offers tubal ligation, a permanent form of contraception, for women who are finished having children or do not want to have children.

How does contraception work?

The different types of contraception work in different ways to prevent pregnancy. Depending on your unique needs, your MIG provider may recommend:

Barrier methods

Barrier methods like condoms, diaphragms, and sponges prevent sperm and egg from meeting. Condoms can also prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) when you use them properly.

Short-acting contraception

Short-acting contraception methods like pills, patches, and injections contain hormones that prevent the fertilization of an egg by sperm by stopping ovulation.

Long-acting contraception

Contraception implants, intrauterine devices (IUDs), and other long-acting contraception prevent pregnancy by delivering a steady stream of hormones into your body to stop ovulation.

There are also copper IUDs available that contain no hormones. Instead, the copper material creates an environment that’s toxic to sperm to prevent fertilization.

Permanent contraception

Permanent contraception methods like tubal ligation involve surgery to damage the fallopian tubes, so eggs can’t travel to sperm for fertilization.

Which contraception is right for me?

Contraception is a personal choice. Your MIG gynecology specialist can help you decide which contraception option is a good fit for you.

You must use barrier methods each time you have sex to prevent pregnancy. If you choose contraception pills, you need to remember to take them daily. Patches and injections offer more convenience, but you must remember to change patches on schedule and visit your MIG provider’s office for injections every few months.

If you want contraception you don’t have to think about, you may benefit from an IUD that provides years of protection from pregnancy.

The only way to protect yourself from STDs is to wear a condom each time you have sex, especially if you have multiple partners or are unsure of your partner’s history. You can use any form of contraception with condoms. If you have unprotected sex, you can schedule STD testing with your MIG provider.

To schedule a contraception counseling appointment, contact a Midsouth Independent Group provider today.