Let us help you decide. At HealthQ, we will ask what’s important to you and walk you through the options. When choosing a method, you may want to consider how well does it prevent pregnancy? How do I use it? How often do I have to remember it? Are there side effects? What if I decide to get pregnant? Should I use condoms for dual protection against pregnancy and STIs? When deciding a method of birth control, Lawrence and the surrounding Massachusetts area have HealthQ locations to answer these questions.
Birth Control Methods
We Offer the Full Range of FDA-Approved Methods
Use the chart below to learn more about each method—what it is, how well it works, how to use it, pros and cons, and whether it protects against STIs.
Explore Your Birth Control Choices
A no-scalpel vasectomy is an effective and safe form of permanent birth control. This is a simple, outpatient procedure to make a person with a penis sterile. After the operation, sperm can no longer mix with semen. No-scalpel vasectomy does not affect sexual function. Intercourse and masturbation should feel the same.
The main difference between no-scalpel and conventional vasectomies, offered by many urologists, is how the physician accesses the vas deferens, the ducts that carry sperm from the testicles to the urethra, where it mixes with semen.
The no-scalpel vasectomy can be done more quickly than a conventional vasectomy, requires no sutures to close up incisions, involves less pain and bleeding, and is just as effective as a conventional vasectomy.
When considering a procedure like a vasectomy, HealthQ locations are a leading choice in Massachusetts.
Get Dual Protection
Condoms are the only birth control method that offers protection against pregnancy and HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. They prevent semen containing sperm from entering the vagina and protect the user from coming into contact with another person’s body fluids that may contain HIV or sexually transmitted diseases. If you want to use a more effective method of birth control, but still want to protect yourself against HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, you may want to consider dual protection by using a condom along with your preferred method of birth control.
At HealthQ, we offer free condoms for your safer sex practice and sexual health.