Birth Control and Family Planning

Exploring your options for contraception

Two women enjoy an outdoor hike, representing the range of birth control and family planning options available at Scripps.

Exploring your options for contraception

Scripps gynecologists provide counseling for numerous birth control and family planning options. Each method has its own benefits, effectiveness rate, risks and side effects; your physician will discuss these with you based on your health, needs and personal concerns, and help you determine the option that is best for you.

Prescription birth control methods

All of the following methods require a prescription:

Non-prescription birth control

Calendar-based methods such as the rhythm method help prevent pregnancy by tracking your ovulation and determining when you are most likely to become pregnant, so that you can avoid sex during that time. These methods tend to be less effective than prescription birth control, but do not involve medications or hormones.

Permanent birth control

Tubal ligation (tube tying) is a surgical procedure to close off the fallopian tubes to prevent pregnancy. Tubal ligation reversal can be performed to restore fertility. Tubal ligation is not available at all Scripps facilities.

Infertility

Scripps specialists are experts in helping families with infertility. Our fertility experts can help you understand your challenges and explore your reproductive options.