Hormonal Birth Control

Hormonal Birth Control The hormones estrogen and/or progestin are used in various forms of hormonal birth control options taken by women to help prevent pregnancy, manage menstrual issues, PMDD, heavy bleeding, and more. Including options like the pill, patch, vaginal ring, implants, and shots, Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett offer both short and long-term birth control methods to suit your needs. Each hormonal birth control type offers its own set of pros and cons. Some are more effective in protecting against pregnancy, the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases and infections, a reduction in acne, etc. and together we can decide which hormonal birth control best suits you and your personal preferences.

At Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett, we specialize in a variety of hormonal birth control types, including:


Depo-Provera Shot

A long-acting birth control method, Depo-Provera is a shot administered in the arm or buttocks that is made of a type of progesterone. Patients have less than a 1% risk of pregnancy and Depo-Provera starts working immediately and each shot provides 12-14 weeks of protection. We typically recommend Depo-Provera users get an injection once every 12 weeks and after you receive your last shot, you can become pregnant as soon as three to four months.



Less than 1 out of 100 women who use birth control implants become pregnant. Working primarily to prevent pregnancy, implants release hormones through a device that goes under the skin. Nexplanon® is the birth control implant device offered at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett. This type of birth control device resembles the appearance of the size of a matchstick and is a plastic rod that contains a form of the hormone progesterone called etonogestrel.

The Nexplanon® birth control implant is inserted through a needle directly into the skin of the upper arm. The rods can be felt beneath the skin, but not seen from the surface, and can last up to three years. Birth control implants can be quickly removed during a short in-office procedure under gentle numbing before inserting a new one or removing completely.


IUD (Intrauterine Device)

Shaped like a “T” (but not much larger than the size of a quarter), an IUD is a long-lasting birth control method that is inserted into the uterus to block the fertilization of your eggs. Releasing small amounts of the same hormone used in birth control pills, the hormone levonorgestrel provides IUD users with less than a 1% chance of getting pregnant.

Inserted by your Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett provider during an in-office visit, IUDs provide a mostly hassle-free way to prevent pregnancy and start working immediately to within a few days, depending on the kind of IUD you choose.  Once your provider inserts the IUD, it can last between 3-10 years but also be removed whenever you decide you’re ready for it to be taken out. IUDs do not protect against STDs.



Combining the hormones progesterone and estrogen to prevent ovulation, birth control patches are thin, beige, 1 3/4-inch square patches that stick directly to the skin. The hormones are released through the skin into the bloodstream and based on your monthly menstrual cycle, birth control patches are placed on your skin on the first day of your cycle or the Sunday after your cycle begins. Less than 1 out of 100 women who use birth control patches get pregnant each year. Regular usage involves wearing a patch daily – they’re changed on a weekly basis for three consecutive weeks and removed for the duration of week four, while you start your period. Patches can be worn during outdoor activities (like swimming and exercising), showering, and bathing.



Also called oral contraceptives, birth control pills are orally taken medications that release hormones and are up to 99% effective in preventing pregnancy. Often taken at the same time daily, birth control pills are made of a combination of estrogen and progesterone (some have more estrogen than others). There are many different brands of birth control available that can be discussed with your provider. Birth control pills have even been used to reduce female concerns, help lower the risk of endometrial and ovarian cancer, and even reduce acne for some users.


Other Birth Control Methods (NuvaRing®)

NuvaRing® is an FDA-approved birth control option that is a small, flexible contraceptive ring which is inserted into the vagina to release a steady, low dose of hormones. NuvaRing® is worn for three weeks and removed the week of your mensural cycle. When used correctly, NuvaRing® is 98%-99% effective in preventing unplanned pregnancy.


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