Birth Control Specialist

Central Oregon OB/GYN

OBGYNs located in Bend, OR

You have education, career, and travel plans, and maybe those plans don’t include children right now. At Central Oregon OB/GYN in Bend, Oregon, John Murphy, MD, FACOG and Erin LeGrand, DO, FACOG educate and empower women to choose birth control that’s effective, safe, and practical for their busy lifestyles. To learn more about the contraceptive options available to you, schedule an appointment by calling the office today.

Birth Control Q&A

What is birth control?

Birth control is any device, pill, or procedure used to prevent pregnancy. There are countless birth control methods on the market today, but with so many options available it can feel overwhelming.

At Central Oregon OB/GYN, Drs. Murphy and LeGrand discuss your overall health, sexual history, lifestyle, and personal preferences before recommending birth control methods for you.

How do I choose the birth control method that’s right for me?

Ultimately, you choose the contraceptive method that’s right for you. When considering your options, ask yourself these questions:

  • Are you including a partner in this decision?
  • Do you have the time or inclination to track your fertility every day?
  • Do you want a reversible or permanent form of birth control?
  • Do you prefer a method of birth control that is worn on or inserted into the body?
  • Is taking a pill every day practical for you?

Honestly answering these questions helps you narrow down your choices. Your doctor explains the risks, benefits, and alternatives of each method to help you make an informed decision.

What are my birth control options?

Birth control comes in many forms which can be categorized by how they prevent pregnancy.

Barrier methods

Barrier methods prevent the sperm from reaching the egg. Condoms, contraceptive sponges, and diaphragms all act as barriers. They are used with or without spermicide.

Hormonal methods

Hormonal birth control mimics your body’s natural hormones to prevent ovulation or implantation. Hormonal birth control methods include:

  • NexplanonⓇ implant (inserted under the skin of the upper arm)
  • Rings and the Levonorgestrel IUD (both of which are inserted into the uterus and release small amounts of hormones)
  • Patches
  • Pills
  • Injections  (every three months)

Intrauterine devices

An intrauterine device, or IUD, is a small, t-shaped device your doctor places into your uterus. IUDs prevent sperm from entering the uterus or from fertilizing the egg. IUDs stay in place from 3-10 years or until removed by your doctor.

Natural methods

Women who track their body’s natural rhythms and cycles by taking their temperature every day can prevent pregnancy naturally by avoiding intercourse during fertile times of the month.


Women who are confident they never want to become pregnant at all or anymore may consider sterilization. Tubal ligation permanently blocks the fallopian tubes and is one of the most common and effective forms of sterilization for women.

Modern birth contraceptive options are safer and more effective than ever. Call to schedule to schedule an appointment to discuss your birth control options.