Salem Women's Clinic, Inc.
OB-GYNs located in Salem, OR
The approach to Birth Control/Family Planning may be different for each woman. Salem Women's Clinic in Salem, OR provides the customized care that each woman needs.
Birth Control & Family Planning Q & A
What is the IUD?
The IntraUterine Device (IUD) is a birth control method that is implanted in the uterus. This device is over 99 percent effective and is one of the leading options for women who want a long-term birth control solution. There are 2 kinds of IUDs, the copper IUD (ParaGard) and the hormone IUD (either Mirena or Skyla.) ParaGard prevents pregnancy for as long as 10 years, Skyla prevents pregnancy for 3 years, and Mirena prevents pregnancy for 5 years. Once the IUD is implanted, it doesn't need to be changed or maintained for a number of years in most cases. This convenience makes it a very popular option for birth control today.
What is the Birth Control Implant?
The birth control implant, Nexplanon, is implanted in the upper arm. This type of birth control is hormone based, delivering progestin continuously for up to 3 years. The birth control implant is over 99 percent effective, giving it the same level of effectiveness as the IUD. Once the implant is placed, it doesn't need to be changed or maintained until the 3 year period is up or the patient decides that she wants to get pregnant.
What Are Oral Contraceptives?
Oral contraceptives, also known as birth control pills, are taken on a daily basis to prevent pregnancy. While oral contraceptives can be as much as 99 percent effective, the effectiveness rate declines considerably when the pills are not taken exactly as intended. Missed doses can leave a woman vulnerable to pregnancy, so this type of birth control is best for a person who can commit to taking it exactly as directed.
What Other Birth Control Options Are Available?
There are a variety of other birth control methods available today, including birth control injections and birth control patches. The team at Salem Women's Clinic is ready to help patients choose the ideal type of birth control for their specific needs.
Words from our patients
"Dr. Harmon was amazing. She is one of the kindest people I have ever met. Nice balance of being friendly and professional. She was honest and helpful."
" I have always felt listened to. I have always felt my questions were answered thoroughly, thoughtfully and respectfully."
"The Salem Women's Clinic is located in Salem, Oregon and it was designed specifically for woman to feel comfortable.... I'm very pleased with their service"
"I had all 3 of my children with SWC and felt I was amazingly well cared for. Kate Davidson's care so inspired me that I became a midwife..."
"Dr. Harmon is the best! She has been my doctor for over 25 years and I would never go anywhere else... I would highly recommend Salem Women's Clinic for anyone looking"