Birth Control Specialist

Melinda M. Martin, M.D.

OB-GYN located in Prescott, AZ & Prescott Valley, AZ

Taking control of your future sometimes means having children later rather than sooner. Dr. Melinda Martin and the compassionate team of women in the experienced OB/GYN practice of of Melinda M. Martin, MD, in Prescott and Prescott Valley, Arizona, offer a variety of birth control options for women wanting to prevent pregnancy until they’re ready to embark on the journey of motherhood. To explore birth control options, call to schedule an appointment with Dr. Martin.

Birth Control Q & A

by Melinda M. Martin, M.D.

What types of birth control options are there?

Women have a variety of birth control options available today, from oral contraceptives to intrauterine devices (IUDs) to implants. Depending on your specific needs, Dr. Martin prescribes several different types of birth control including:

  • Mirena® IUD
  • Skyla® IUD
  • Liletta® IUD
  • Essure® permanent birth control
  • Nexplanon® implant for long-term birth control
  • Oral contraceptives

How do IUDs work to prevent pregnancy?

An IUD is a small device Dr. Martin places into your uterus during an office visit. It is a nonsurgical, reversible procedure, meaning you can have it removed at any time. Placement takes just a few minutes and can prevent pregnancy for up to three years.

Intrauterine systems like Mirena, Skyla, and Liletta are FDA-approved and over 99% effective at inhibiting sperm from fertilizing an egg during intercourse so you won’t become pregnant. The IUDs release a small amount of hormone to prevent pregnancy by thickening the cervical mucus to prevent sperm from entering the uterus. The hormone is released continually in small doses, so the IUD remains effective for up to three years.

How do implants work to prevent pregnancy?

Implants like Nexplanon, are similar to IUDs in that they release a small amount of hormone, are more than 99% effective, and can prevent pregnancy for up to three years. The difference between Nexplanon and IUDs is that Nexplanon is implanted into your upper arm and releases the hormone directly into your bloodstream; IUDs are implanted into your uterus. The low-dose of hormone prevents your ovary from releasing an egg and prevents sperm from reaching the egg.

How does Essure work as a permanent birth control?

As an alternative to tubal ligation, or getting your “tubes tied,” Dr. Martin performs the Essure procedure in her office. This is a nonsurgical approach to permanent birth control, so there’s no need for anesthetic, incisions, or extended recovery time. Most women can leave Dr. Martin’s office about 45 minutes after the procedure and return to normal activities in a day or two.

Dr. Martin places a tiny, flexible insert into each opening in your fallopian tubes. Your body forms a natural barrier around the inserts, preventing sperm from reaching your eggs. The result is a permanent form of birth control.

To find out more about these birth control options and oral contraceptive offerings, call to schedule an appointment.