Birth Control and Sexual Health

Birth Control

You deserve to be able to make your own decisions about family planning—whether you want to have kids in two years or 10 years, whether you don’t want to have any kids or don’t want to have any more kids, whether you need help maintaining your reproductive health. Our providers will talk with you and listen to you, helping you make the decisions that are right for you and giving what you need to follow through on them.

Natural family planning (NFP). Also known as fertility awareness, NFP involves timing your sexual activity to avoid pregnancy. Your Bellin provider can help you map your cycle and train you in the most effective way to use this method.

Oral contraception. Combination pills or mini-pills contain a small amount of manmade estrogen and progestin to prevent eggs from leaving the ovaries. They can prevent pregnancy, ease menstrual cramps and even lead to lighter periods.

Depo-Provera. This hormonal injection is performed every 12 weeks. It uses progestin, injected into the arm or buttocks, to prevent eggs from leaving the ovaries and increase the thickness of cervical mucus.

Essure. Essure is the most effective, hormone-free, surgery-free permanent birth control option available. It’s a small insert placed in the fallopian tube through the vagina and cervix to block the tube and prevent pregnancy.

Tubal ligation. This permanent procedure blocks, ties or cuts the fallopian tubes to keep eggs from traveling into an area where they might encounter sperm. (This is different from a hysterectomy, which removes the entire uterus.)

Sexual Health

We provide the education, exams and counselors to help you keep your sexual relationships physically and emotionally healthy.

To protect your health, get tested at least once a year—more often if you’ve had unprotected sex or if you or your partner has had sex with other people. Remember that most STDs are symptomless, and you could be carrying an infection without showing any signs. Be sure to tell your provider the exact kind of sex you’ve had
(e.g. oral, anal, vaginal) to determine which tests are needed.

To reduce your risk of sexual health problems, limit your number of sexual partners, always use male and/or female condoms, get tested with your partner before having sex, avoid having sex under the influence of drugs and alcohol and consider protecting yourself with HPV and hepatitis B vaccinations.