Birth Control

We are fortunate to have Sue Waits, P.A. scheduling appointments for female exams on Thursday mornings at our clinic located on Eureka Way. Call (530) 246-4629 for more information and to schedule an appointment.

Access to birth control medications is available immediately at HMC. There is no need to place yourself at risk for an unplanned pregnancy.

Birth control pills are the most popular, because of effectiveness and convenience. Research and experience has reduced the number of side effects and complications of this group of medications by reducing the amount of estrogen in the pills.

All medications have risks associated with their use that must be assumed by the person choosing to take and benefit from the medication. An increase in the coagulation of the blood, leading to stroke, leg blood clots and lung (pulmonary) embolus, are the most serious complications. A few people develop headaches, nausea, or an increase in blood pressure. Please read about these medications, so you are fully informed about the risks and benefits of using this class of medications.

Smoking increases the rate of serious complications of birth control pills (BCPs), so you have to accept the additional risk, if you choose to use the medication and continue to smoke.

A pelvic exam is not a strict requirement to receive a prescription for birth control. However, this assumes a history of normal menstrual cycles to exclude the diagnosis of primary amenorrhea.

The visit includes information about other methods of birth control, Plan B, sexually transmitted diseases, STD screening and HPV vaccine.

The prescription is for three months or cycles. A follow up visit is required to screen for significant side effects and to recheck the blood pressure. An additional six months of medication can be given at that time.

We are happy to help you find a Primary Care Provider, for additional refills.