It’s important to be able to start a family if and when you are ready! If you want to avoid pregnancy, many excellent options are available. Many women prefer the advantages offered by birth control pills, patches, or rings. These methods can help control menstrual cramping, heavy periods, irregular periods, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). Pills, patches, and rings can also help control acne and facial hair growth that are frequently seen in women who have polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). Other women prefer the convenience of an IUD (hormonal or nonhormonal) or subdermal implant (hormonal) for long-lasting birth control that does not require daily attention. Still others prefer the diaphragm, condoms, or natural family planning. Dr. Clark can help you to evaluate which birth control method is right for you and your lifestyle. Chapel Hill Gynecology provides the Mirena and Skyla (hormonal) IUDs as well as the ParaGard (non-hormonal, copper) IUD. Diaphragm fitting is also available.