Birth Control & Contraception Specialist

Poway Women’s Care

Aesthetics & OBGYNs located in San Diego, CA

Your decisions for family planning are very personal and Karen Kohatsu, MD, offers compassionate support and guidance for all your family planning needs. At Poway Women’s Care in Rancho Bernardo, San Diego, Dr. Kohatsu and her experienced staff provide a variety of birth control options, including IUDs, the Nexplanon implant, and sterilization, as well as resources to help you make the best choice for your health and your family. Learn more about family planning services by calling the office or using the online booking feature.

Birth Control & Contraception Q & A

What birth control options are available?

At Poway Women’s Care, you can choose from a variety of popular birth control options, including:

  • IUDs
  • Oral birth control
  • Birth control implants

If you’ve decided that you’re done having children and your family is complete, Dr. Kohatsu provides sterilization, a permanent form of birth control.

What is the birth control implant?

Nexplanon is an implantable contraceptive that offers long-term birth control. The device is a small, thin implant Dr. Kohatsu places into your arm, just under the skin.

The birth control implant is highly effective at preventing pregnancy and can last for up to three years. Nexplanon delivers a steady stream of hormones that prevent your ovaries from releasing eggs while also keeping sperm from reaching the egg by thickening the mucus in your cervix.

How does the IUD work?

An intrauterine device (IUD) is a small device Dr. Kohatsu places in your uterus to prevent pregnancy.

There are two types of IUD available. Hormonal IUDs use progestin to thicken the uterine lining and make it difficult for the sperm to travel to the egg. The copper IUD causes a reaction in your uterine lining that sperm cannot thrive in. This type of IUD also makes it difficult for your uterus to accept implantation of an embryo if the sperm ultimately fertilizes an egg.

Hormonal IUDs can effectively prevent pregnancy for up to five years, while the copper IUD may be effective for as long as 10 years. Dr. Kohatsu performs an IUD insertion as an in-office procedure for your comfort and convenience.

IUDs don’t provide protection against sexually transmitted diseases and you must use another method, such as condoms, to protect yourself.

Is sterilization right for me?

If you’re interested in a permanent method of birth control, Dr. Kohatsu can discuss your options for sterilization. She performs a minimally invasive procedure to close off your fallopian tubes to prevent remaining eggs from moving into the uterus and sperm from reaching them.

Before the procedure, Dr. Kohatsu reviews your medical history and your family plans to determine if sterilization is right for you.

Learn more about available family planning resources and birth control options by scheduling a consultation online or by phone.