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Contraception Specialist

Southern Connecticut Women's Health Care Associates -  - OB-GYN

Southern Connecticut Women's Health Care Associates

OB-GYNs located in Milford, CT & Westport, CT

Much of women's health focuses on pregnancy and prevention of pregnancy. At Southern Connecticut Women's Health Care Associates in Milford and Westport, Connecticut, women have access to comprehensive health care from our OB-GYN's that includes contraception, pregnancy care, gynecological care, and even surgery.

Contraception Q & A

Is There a Difference Between Contraception and Birth Control?

The short answer is yes; there is a difference. However, much of the differences come down to how we use the words. All birth control methods are contraception, but not all contraception is birth control. Birth control is primarily a hormonal product that helps to prevent pregnancy from the beginning. Contraception, which includes birth control, also includes all of the devices used to prevent pregnancy such as IUDs, condoms, and even Plan B.

How Do I Know Which Option Is Best for Me?

When it comes to preventative options, each woman’s choices are just as unique as she is. At Southern Connecticut Women’s Health Care Associates, we strive to support women so they feel empowered and well-informed to make the best choice based on their needs. We offer a wide array of safe and convenient contraceptive options for long term or permanent personalized birth control. We offer many contraceptive options, which include

Oral Contraceptive Pill:

Most women know about the birth control pill, which is a hormonal contraceptive. It is the most popular form of reversible birth control and works by suppressing ovulation (the release of eggs from the ovaries). Some forms of the pill may also change the conditions in the uterus into an environment that makes it more difficult for sperm to survive long enough to reach the fallopian tubes.

The Patch:

The birth control patch is a dermal application that delivers a steady stream of estrogen and progestin into the bloodstream. These hormones prevent the eggs from being released and change uterine lining and cervical mucus. Unlike the pill, the patch does not need to be applied every day. It is worn once a week for three weeks (or 21 days). On the fourth week, the patch is removed, which allows menstruation to occur.

Depo Provera:

If you do not like the idea of taking pills every day or having to wear a patch, then there is an injectable form of birth control. This hormonal injection is administered every three months and prevents pregnancy by inhibiting ovulation, changing the uterine lining to prevent eggs from implanting in the uterus, and preventing the sperm from reaching the egg by thickening cervical mucus. When administered, it is 99% effective in preventing pregnancy.

This injection does not protect against STDs or HIV, so routine condom use is advised.


For more long-term pregnancy prevention, women can opt to have an IUD inserted inside the uterus. This prevents pregnancy for up to five years. Reproductive capabilities may take as long as a year to resume after the IUD is removed. For more information on the IUDs we offer and placement, click here (link to  IUD placement services page)


A vaginal ring is one option that does not require hormones. It is a small, flexible piece of plastic that is inserted into the vagina and acts as a physical barrier. It works similarly to the pill and stays in place for three weeks and is then removed and replaced on the fourth week. This is a device that women insert themselves after receiving instruction from their doctor.

Condoms, both male and female versions, are also available. They prevent sperm from physically entering the woman's body and are the only two methods that can protect against infection from viruses that cause STDs, STIs, and HIV- related illnesses.

Surgical sterilization is also an option.

Each type of contraception can affect your health in a variety of ways. There is more at risk than just an unwanted pregnancy. There is more at risk than just an unwanted pregnancy. STDs, HPV, and HIV are three reasons that make choosing the right type of contraception not only important but also potentially life-saving. Not every form of birth control or contraception prevents the spread of STDs, HPV, or HIV. It is very important to see your local OB-GYN about which type of contraception is right for you.


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