Complete contraceptive (birth control) services
Our doctors are leading specialists, researchers and policy-makers in the field of family planning. We offer a full range of options including permanent and reversible contraception. We recognize the urgency that may be required in scheduling an appointment and regular appointments are available just for contraception and birth control services.
Finding a birth control method that works for you can sometimes be a challenge. We provide personalized and evidence-based counseling to help you choose the best method for you. We want you to walk out the door with birth control that works for you.
We also offer specialized care for patients with complex medical issues or who are taking medications that might interact with birth control. These include:
- Cardiac disease
- Pulmonary disease
- Spinal cord injury
- Pediatric patients or developmental delay (menstrual management)
- Neurologic diseases, including seizure disorder and migraines or chronic headache
- Rheumatologic or autoimmune disease
- Malabsorption issues (such as prior bariatric surgery)
- Use of teratogenic medications (medicines that cause birth defects)
- Solid organ transplant
- Kidney disease or on dialysis
- Clotting or bleeding disorders
- Current or past cancer
- Uterine abnormality
- History of difficult insertion or removal of intrauterine devices (IUDs) or contraceptive implants
Contraception services include:
- Personalized contraception counseling
- Permanent contraception or sterilization
- IUD insertion and removal (Paragard, Mirena, Liletta, Kyleena and Skyla)
- Contraceptive implant (Nexplanon) insertion and removal
- Emergency contraception (Paragard, Ella and Plan B)
- Combined hormonal methods of birth control (pill, patch and ring)
- Progestin-only pill
- Depo-Provera injection
- Diaphragm fitting (Caya)
- Fertility awareness counseling
- Adolescent reproductive health care
We offer a variety of pain control options for IUD or implant insertion/removals in clinic, including local numbing medication, oral pain medication, oral relaxation medication, and IV moderate sedation. Some of these options require that you have a ride to and from your appointment. Ask to speak to a nurse to find out more about what option is best for you.
Birth control resources
You can use the following resources to get information about specific types of birth control. For more information, make an appointment by calling 503 418-4500.
General information about birth control options:
- English: Bedsider.org
- Español: Bedsider.org/es
- Comparison of different types of IUDs
- Guide to getting birth control from pharmacists in Oregon
- Planned Parenthood quiz: Which birth control is right for me?
General information about emergency contraception:
In addition to providing clinical care for your birth control needs, faculty in the Family Planning Program are also active in research to improve birth control options for the future.
Doctors specializing in contraception
- Maureen Katherine Baldwin, M.D., M.P.H.
- Lisa L. Bayer, M.D., M.P.H.
- Paula H. Bednarek, M.D., M.P.H.
- Alyssa Colwill, M.D., M.C.R.
- Alison Edelman, M.D., M.P.H.
- Leo L. Han, M.D., M.P.H.
- Jeffrey T. Jensen, M.D., M.P.H.
- Mark D. Nichols, M.D.
- Maria Isabel Rodriguez, M.D., M.P.H.
All of our ob-gyn doctors can offer birth control. Please see the doctors above for complex family planning concerns.
Schedule an appointment
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Birth control clinical trials
OHSU doctors are actively researching new birth control methods.