Contraceptives

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Southwest Family Physicians

Family Practice & Medical Weight Loss located in Tigard, OR

At Southwest Family Physicians in Tigard, Oregon, we offer a variety of safe and effective contraception options to prevent pregnancy before it begins or control hormone-related symptoms. Whether you’re interested in learning more about contraceptive options or have a method in mind, schedule a consultation at Southwest Family Physicians by phone or by using the convenient online booking feature.

Contraceptives Q & A

What Contraceptives are Available?

Contraceptives, or birth control, help you plan your family the way you see fit. At Southwest Family Physicians we offer several options for preventing unwanted pregnancy and we will help you choose the right method for your specific needs.

Available contraceptive options include:

  • Hormonal Methods: Hormonal contraceptives like birth control pills, implants, and intrauterine devices (IUD) contain hormones that regulate ovulation and prevent sperm from fertilizing the egg.
  • Non-Hormonal Methods: If you can’t tolerate hormones due to medical issues or because of your age, you may need to use non-hormonal contraceptives, like condoms or a diaphragm.


You may also be a good candidate for non-hormonal IUDs, which use copper to cause scar tissue in your fallopian tubes, preventing the egg from meeting the sperm. Copper also paralyzes sperm to prevent fertilization.

Which Contraceptive is Right For Me?

Many factors influence which birth control is best for you. The Southwest Family Physicians medical team will review your medical history and your plans for a family before discussing your options for contraceptives.

Birth control pills are an effective choice for preventing pregnancy. Your Southwest Family Physicians provider may also recommend birth control pills to regulate your periods or to rebalance hormones during perimenopause.

If you’re older than 35 or can’t tolerate hormones, you may need to use non-hormonal birth control methods.

If you’re sexually active with more than one partner, you may need to use condoms to prevent your risk for sexually transmitted disease.

If you are looking for a method of contraceptive that protects you from pregnancy for many years, an implant or IUD may be your best option.

Are Contraceptives Safe?

Generally, both hormonal and nonhormonal contraceptives are safe and effective when used correctly. You should take birth control pills as your provider recommends and use condoms to protect you from sexually transmitted disease.

If you are over 35 or have existing health issues, you may not be a good candidate for hormonal birth control, as it may increase your risk for heart disease, stroke, and blood clots. Women who smoke also shouldn’t use hormonal contraceptives.

If you’re looking for a reliable contraceptive to prevent unwanted pregnancy, schedule a consultation today at Southwest Family Physicians. You can book an appointment using the online booking feature or by calling the office.