If you desire contraception from the Women's Center and have never been on anything before, it is wise to do some research and learning about the various methods available before coming in for your appointment. We offer several forms of contraception
at the women's center. Family Doctor.org
is an excellent source of information about contraception in general.
Once you have a basic idea of the type of contraception you prefer, then call the Women's Center, 765-285-8035, and schedule an appointment for birth control. The appointment will not be very long, about 15-20 minutes. Some questions will be asked regarding your health history and your family history, whether you smoke or not, and how long you have been sexually active (if at all).
Depending on your medical history, you may need an appointment with the nurse practitioner before starting birth control, or you may be able to start birth control immediately and schedule a follow up exam with the nurse practitioner within the following 3 months. That appointment will last 45-60 minutes, since we will take an extensive health history and perform a thorough physical exam.
Sometimes you may just want to re-start a contraceptive you've been on before, or continue one you are currently on. Either way, if you have already had a pap, please try to find out when it was, the results, and whether it was a liquid-based pap or a conventional pap prior to your appointment. If possible, get a copy of your pap and bring it with you, or have it faxed to us at 765-285-3234. If you cannot get an appointment in time and your contraceptive is going to run out, bring your pill container to the Women's Center and show it to us. We will try to get you at least one more month until you can be seen.
Women take birth control medication for many different reasons in addition to preventing pregnancy. If you wish to be placed on birth control for some other reason, please let us know when you call for your appointment.
If you like, the Women's Center has pamphlets available about the different types of contraception. You are welcome to stop by to pick up material or talk to the staff about your needs.