Birth Control Specialist

ThriveOB and Women's Wellness

Private Medical Practices & Anti-Aging & Hormone Specialists located in Barrington, IL

If you’re sexually active but don’t want to have children right now, you should talk to your trusted women’s health care provider about birth control. At ThriveOB and Women’s Wellness in Barrington, Illinois, board-certified OB/GYN Jennifer Moreira, MD, FACOG, and her team offer several birth control options to choose from, including long-acting reversible contraception. Call the practice today to learn about your birth control options.

Birth Control Q & A

What are the available types of birth control?

ThriveOB and Women’s Wellness offers a comprehensive range of contraceptives for you to choose from, including:

Oral contraceptives

Most hormonal contraceptives like the pill primarily inhibit ovulation. Other oral contraceptives can also cause changes in your mucous and uterus.

Intrauterine devices (IUDs)

An IUD is a small T-shaped device that your women’s health provider inserts into your uterus. It can prevent pregnancy for up to 10 years, depending on which type of IUD you choose. There are hormonal and nonhormonal options. 


Nexplanon is a birth control implant. Your provider places it under the skin on the inside of your bicep. It slowly releases hormones that prevent pregnancy for up to four years.

The team at ThriveOB and Women’s Wellness might also suggest other birth control options such as the shot or a patch. None of these options protects you from STDs. You must use a condom to reduce your risk of STDs.

Is permanent birth control available?

If you are confident that you have finished having children, the team offers permanent sterilization procedures such as a tubal ligation. This minimally invasive procedure severs or blocks your fallopian tubes, which prevents eggs from traveling to your uterus. Removal of your fallopian tubes also decreases your risk of certain cancers.

How do I know which type of birth control is right for me?

The team at ThriveOB and Women’s Wellness provides thorough consultations and exams before recommending a particular type of birth control. Some of the things you need to consider when selecting a contraceptive include:

  • Plans to have children in the future
  • Your age and health history
  • Your lifestyle and schedule
  • Relationship factors

For example, a long-acting reversible contraceptive like an IUD might be a good option if you know you don’t intend to have children for several years. Nonhormonal IUDs are also an excellent option if you would prefer. 

If you would like to learn what birth control options are available or have any questions about which option is right for you, call ThriveOB and Women’s Wellness today for expert, customized advice.