Birth Control Specialist

Centennial Women's Health Center

M. Therese Barrett, MD

Gynecologist located in Longmont, CO

Birth control is now available in so many varieties that many people struggle to determine what will really work best for them. Dr. M. Therese Barrett, gynecologist at the Centennial Women's Health Center, is highly focused on making sure her patients have all the information and medical assistance they need to make the very best decisions regarding their family planning.

Birth Control Q & A

What are the options in birth control today?

There are a multitude of options in birth control today. At Centennial Women's Health Center the focus is on helping each woman choose the most effective option for her family planning needs.
Some options include IUD, oral contraceptives, and birth control implants. Talk to Dr. Barrett about what option is best for you.

What are IUDs?

Intrauterine devices (IUDs) are tiny birth control devices that are placed inside the uterus. There are 2 main options in IUDs today.

Copper based
The copper based IUD is the older and more traditional type of IUD. It uses copper coils to prevent egg fertilization.

Hormone based
The hormone type of IUD uses progestin hormone rather than copper to prevent egg fertilization. Progestin can also prevent ovulation from taking place at all.

An IUD can prevent pregnancy for years before needing to be replaced. With the hormonal type of IUDs, the lifespan is 3-5 years. The copper IUDs last up to 10 years.

IUDs are very effective, and are generally considered to be one of the most reliable kinds of birth control available today. They are more than 99% effective in the prevention of pregnancy. If a woman decides that she wants to become pregnant, the IUD can be removed by Dr. Barrett and the patient can start trying to conceive right away.

What is a birth control implant?

A birth control implant is a small rod — around the size of a matchstick — that is inserted under the skin of the upper arm. It will release a steady supply of progestin to prevent egg fertilization and hinder ovulation.

Birth control implants are considered a very convenient type of birth control, as they are over 99% effective in pregnancy prevention, and they last for 3 years.

What are oral contraceptives?

Oral contraceptives — commonly called birth control pills — prevent pregnancy by adding a dose of hormones to the body on a daily basis. If birth control pills are used exactly as directed, they can be over 99% effective. However, it can be difficult to maintain this level of effectiveness since even one forgotten dose can greatly lower the pregnancy prevention benefits. There are a wide range of oral contraceptives to choose from and Dr. Barrett will help you make the best choice for your needs.

Some oral contraceptives are also used to help regulate hormones and to alleviate symptoms of conditions like endometriosis.