We are excited to share a project that we have had in the works for several months. Starting this week, our physicians will begin prescribing birth control! Instead of needing to find a local gynecologist, you will now be able to schedule a dedicated visit to talk about whether your daughter could benefit from birth control and what type would be the best fit.
People often think about contraceptives (another term for birth control) preventing pregnancy, but they can also be used for many other reasons. Several of these are particularly important in teenage girls, including:
- Acne: They are an effective way to treat and prevent acne.
- Heavy or painful periods: They can also help regulate your hormones so that you have less frequent, lighter, and more tolerable periods.
- PMS: This hormonal regulation can also help prevent mood swings, depression, and/or PMS around your period.
There are many different types of birth control available! If you come in for a consultation we will be able to discuss all of them in more detail. A lot of people think about the birth control pill when they think about contraception – and this is a great method for acne and control over when your period happens – but it does require you to remember your medicine daily. Other options include a vaginal ring and a patch that you change once per week. We will also be offering Depo Provera shots in the office. This is a birth control shot that you receive once every 3 months. This is a great method if you want birth control with fewer things to remember.
Another excellent low maintenance option for teenagers is a long acting reversible contraceptive. Some of our doctors are being trained in how to insert a Nexplanon, the birth control rod that stays in your upper arm and works for 3 years. In a few months we will be able to place these in the office as well! We will not be placing intrauterine devices (IUDs) in the office, but if this method is the best fit for your child we will be able to refer you to a colleague who can.
Choosing to start birth control can be a complex and intimidating process but we are here to talk you through it and answer any questions that may come up along the way. Consultations will include a conversation about goals and options. They will not include a vaginal exam. Please call the office if you have questions or would like to set up an appointment!