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Birth control options

Novant Health Winston-Salem Gynecology believes women should have as much control over their bodies and their fertility as they choose. We understand birth control needs change along with life's stages, personal relationships and family plans. Your provider will be happy to discuss and explain both temporary and permanent birth control options, including those listed on this page.

Temporary contraceptives

Temporary contraceptives offer high levels of pregnancy protection and can be discontinued at any time you choose. Depending on the type chosen, they do require daily, weekly or monthly administration to be effective.

Oral contraceptives

Also known simply as "the pill," oral contraceptives work by stopping ovulation or inhibiting the flow of sperm. There are many types of oral contraceptives, and your provider will work with you to find the one that works best for you with minimal or no side effects.

Ortho Evra®

Ortho Evra® is a birth control patch that prevents pregnancy by releasing estrogen and progestin hormones. Unlike the Pill, you only have to remember to apply the patch once a week.


NuvaRing® is a ring-shaped device that rests in the vagina and releases hormones. It is easy to use and needs to be inserted only once a month.


Depo-Provera is a birth control shot. The shot contains a hormone similar to progesterone that prevents pregnancy. The shot must be administered by your provider every 12 weeks to achieve continuous effectiveness.


Intrauterine devices, or IUDs, are inserted into the uterus to prevent any sperm from joining with an egg. There are hormonal and non-hormonal IUD options. Both can be removed at any time, but can provide several years of protection as long as they are in place.

Permanent birth control procedures

For patients interested in more permanent birth control than a daily pill can provide, or for patients looking to lessen or end heavy periods, Novant Health Winston-Salem Gynecology offers a variety of birth control procedures.


NovaSure® is a permanent birth control procedure that can also lighten or end heavy periods. It works by using radio frequency energy put through a mesh device to remove the endometrium, the lining of the uterus that causes menstrual bleeding. Without that lining, your uterus cannot support a pregnancy. The five-minute NovaSure® procedure is performed in our office. 

Gynecare ThermaChoice®

Gynecare ThermaChoice® is another type of endometrial ablation. It involves a balloon inserted into the uterus. The balloon is then filled with a special fluid which is heated to remove the uterine lining.

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