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Explore Your Options for Birth Control at Riverview Health

New Patient Appointment Request

If you are a new patient, please complete the below information to request an appointment with one of our OB/GYN specialists. One of our staff members will contact you within two business days. If you are a current patient trying to schedule an appointment, please call your healthcare provider's office.

Note: This form does not guarantee you an appointment and should not be used for emergency or same-day requests.

Birth control is used to prevent pregnancy. One of the most common forms of birth control is birth control pills, commonly referred to as “the pill.” Gynecologists at Riverview Health can help you decide which type of birth control may be best suited for you.

Types of Birth Control

The most common types of birth control include the following:

  • Barriers. These create a barrier to stop sperm from reaching the egg, and include male and female condoms, which can be purchased over-the-counter. In addition, sponges and spermicides can also be bought without a prescription. You’ll need a prescription for a diaphragm, cervical cap or cervical shield.
  • Hormonal. This includes birth control pills, insertable rings, shots, implants and stick-on patches. You’ll need a prescription from your doctor to use these.
  • IUD. Intrauterine devices are small, plastic devices that your doctor inserts into your uterus. Some that use hormones are good for up to five years and some with no hormones are good for up to 10 years.
  • Tubal ligation. Also known as tubal sterilization, a tubal ligation is a procedure in which the fallopian tubes are cut or blocked to prevent pregnancy. This is commonly known as having your tubes tied.

Birth Control Questions To Ask Your Doctor

Your gynecologist is your best resource for getting the answers you need about birth control and/or emergency contraception.  

Some questions to consider at your next doctor's visit include:

  • Which type of birth control is best for me?
  • Do I have any health problems that could make contraception unsafe for me?
  • What’s the least expensive option?
  • Am I eligible for an IUD?

Managing Birth Control Side Effects at Riverview Health

Pills are one of the most frequently used methods of birth control. The most common side effects of birth control pills include nausea, breast tenderness, headaches, weight gain, mood changes, missed periods, decreased libido and vaginal discharge.
 
Women’s health specialists at Riverview Health can help you manage the side effects of whichever method of birth control you choose. To learn more about the side effects of each type of birth control and ways to manage them, find an OB/GYN near you today by calling 317.565.0535 or by completing an online appointment request form.
 
Riverview Health offers education and guidance on birth control for people living in Noblesville, Carmel, Cicero, Fishers, Sheridan and Westfield.