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Birth Control Specialist

Arizona Women's Health Partners

OB-GYNs located in Mesa, AZ

A variety of birth control methods exist to help women prevent pregnancy easily and effectively. Thomas Bickley, DO, and Eericca Bickley, DO, of Arizona Women’s Health Partners can help women explore all of their options and make the choice that’s best for them. Women in Mesa, AZ and serving Gilbert, AZ, can make an appointment to discuss their birth control needs by contacting Arizona Women’s Health Partners today.

Birth Control Q&A

What types of birth control are available?

A variety of birth control options exist to meet the needs of different patients, including:

  • Birth control pills - Women take a pill each day to stop ovulation and thin the lining of the uterus.
  • Intrauterine device (IUD) - An IUD is placed in the uterus to prevent pregnancy for months or years.
  • Contraceptive implants and injections - Implants and injections are another long-lasting birth control option that isn’t permanent.
  • Barrier methods - Diaphragms and condoms are put in place during intercourse to stop the sperm from reaching the egg.
  • Sterilization - For patients who are done having children, sterilization ends fertility permanently.

How effective is birth control?

When used properly, birth control is very effective. Each type of birth control offers a different rate of effectiveness, but most methods are more than 90% effective. Certain methods, such as IUDs and birth control pills, offer an effectiveness rate of more than 99%.

What are the risks of birth control?

Each type of birth control has different risks. For example, IUDs may fall out or migrate away from their original location. Systemic birth control may cause uncomfortable side effects and/or raise the risk of certain health conditions. Barrier methods don’t present many risks, but may not be as effective as other options.

Choosing the right birth control method can be complicated, but Dr. Thomas and Dr. Eericca will take the time to explain all of the options in detail so that patients can make the right decision.

Is permanent birth control available?

Patients who don’t want any more children can opt for permanent birth control options, such as tubal ligation. However, these options end fertility, so this decision should be made with care.

When should patients make appointments to discuss birth control?

Patients who are sexually active and want to prevent pregnancy should make an appointment to discuss birth control options as soon as possible. Patients should also make an appointment at Arizona Women’s Health Partners to discuss birth control if their current birth control method is causing worrisome side effects or if they’d like to end the use of birth control to become pregnant.


*We accept the majority of health insurance plans. Please call our office if you do not see yours listed or have any other questions. Please note to check with your insurance or call the office to make certain that we are on your specific insurance plan as they are constantly changing.*

Altius (Coventry Health Care)
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Arizona Foundation for Medical Care
Banner Health
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona
Deseret Mutual
Health Choice Arizona
Health Net
Mercy Care
United Healthcare