The Team - Birth Control

The Team
Patient Guide: Birth Control

Doctors to Talk to About Birth Control

There are several types of physicians that can give thorough examinations including pelvic assessments and offer contraceptive techniques, and are listed in this patient education guide. The main issue should be consulting with a healthcare provider that one is completely comfortable with so that frank discussions aboutbirth control may ensue. For some, that describes a relationship they already have with a particular professional. Many will be establishing a relationship for the first time. The following can be consulted:
  • Gynecologist - Concentrates on the health of the female genital system and associated conditions. They often work in the capacity of primary care doctor for women.
  • Nurse Practitioner - Focuses on prevention, wellness and education of patients about health and health choices
  • Family Physician (General Practitioner) - Deals with prevention, discovery and treatment of illnesses in all age categories
  • Endocrinologist - Doctors who focus on glands and hormones, which control the body's metabolism including the treatment of thyroid dysfunction, diabetes and pituitary gland problems. Because of this, they are fully capable of treating patients desiring hormonal contraceptive techniques, especially when in conjunction with the above medical problems.
There are many settings available when it comes to seeking examination and consultation for contraception. Each has its own benefits reflecting personal preference, cost and convenience.
  • Private Practice - Site where diagnosing, prescribing and treating individuals is performed and is affiliated only with the healthcare providers themselves.
  • Medical Home - Healthcare site that promotes teamwork between patients and their healthcare providers as well as families when desired. Complete care is given and enables improved health access and enhanced patient experiences.
  • Planned Parenthood - Leading healthcare centers providing sexual and reproductive care and information. They are often more affordable and have sliding scales for payment.
  • Free Standing Clinics - Site for those who don't need further hospitalization. These sites often accept patients with no appointments and often have sliding scales of payment or accept a broader range of insurance, as well as public assistance.
  • Hospital Clinic - Center within a hospital that is focused on diagnosis and care of the patient that does not need admission for further treatment.