Here’s what is happening with reproductive health and contraception:
- Our female patients are increasingly requesting long-term reversible contraceptives such as Intrauterine Devices (IUDs) or the Nexplanon (a matchstick-sized plastic rod that is implanted just under the skin of the upper arm). Both IUDs and Nexplanon are extremely effective methods of contraception and offer protection from pregnancy from between 3-10 years depending on which device is used.
- Women and men are eligible to receive the Gardasil vaccine that protects against the strains of human papillomavirus that are known to cause cervical and other cancers, as well as genital warts.
- We encourage patients to schedule an annual physical exam to discuss age-appropriate screenings. Pap testing (cervical cancer screening) and pelvic exams are recommended for women beginning at age 21. STD screenings are available for both men and women by appointment with a provider or walk-in screening is available at the laboratory. We can discuss all contraceptive options available and answer any questions patients may have about sexual health and reproduction.