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Dr. Betty Acker- Contraception

In this week’s Brazos Valley Physician’s Organization Journal of Medicine Report, Dr. Betty Acker discusses birth control.

There are reversible contraceptive options that are daily such as pills, weekly, monthly. Then there’s a group that we call the long acting reversible contraceptives.

IUD’s are Intrauterine Devices that go inside the women’s uterus, it’s placed during an office visit and the device will slowly release a hormone, in the case of the Mirena IUD, it slowly releases progesterone and that progesterone helps the IUD function by keeping the lining of the uterus very, very thin so that conception can’t occur.

The other IUD that’s available is the ParaGard IUD that has no hormone in it at all and it functions just by virtue of being in the uterus. It’s thought to create a local inflammatory type response which prevents conception from occurring. Some women are really afraid of using anything that’s hormonally based, they have migraines or they have mood issues. They just have made a personal decision not to use anything that contains a hormone so ParaGard is a good choice for those women.

The Brazos Valley Physician’s Organization is a group of independent physicians who are determined to preserve the choice and the sanctity of the doctor-patient relationship. Our vision is that the patient always comes first.


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