Alan B. Patterson, M.D.
OB-GYN located in Coral Springs, FL
With three decades of experience, Alan B. Patterson, MD can discuss the birth control needs and provide information regarding the best possible options to fit the lifestyles of women living in and around Coral Springs, Florida. A variety of birth control methods are available at Dr. Patterson’s offices, ranging from female condoms to IUDs.
Birth Control Q & A
What types of birth control are available?
Dr. Patterson offers a wide variety of birth control options to meet the needs of each patient. Among the most popular choices are:
This non-hormonal birth control puts you in control. It’s lubricated and non-latex, making it comfortable and easy to wear: You just insert it 1-2 hours before use.
The female condom prevents both unplanned pregnancy and STDs, which can cause infertility. Plus, because it’s a prescription method, many insurance plans cover it.
Birth control pills
Among the most used form of contraception since the late 1980s, birth control pills prevent pregnancy by controlling the hormones to either stop the release of an ovum during ovulation or by making the uterus inhospitable to conception.
An intrauterine device (IUD) is a small T-shaped device placed in the uterus to prevent sperm movement, and therefore pregnancy, for 3-10 years depending on the type. IUDs come in both copper and hormonal varieties.
The Depo-Provera shot
This is a shot administered during an office visit every three months.
This is a small ring that you insert and remove once a month. It releases the hormones estrogen and progesterone to prevent your ovaries from producing eggs.
What type of birth control is best for me?
During your birth control consultation, Dr. Patterson gathers details about your lifestyle, medical history, and plans for having a family in the future. With this information, he can offer advice regarding the best birth control option for you.
While birth control pills are very common, some women may prefer a birth control method that they don’t have to remember to take daily. Or if you plan to start a family in the future, you may want to avoid hormonal birth control that can affect fertility even after usage stops.
Does Dr. Patterson offer permanent birth control?
Dr. Patterson offers EssureⓇ, a form of permanent birth control with an extremely high satisfaction rate. It’s a 5-minute, non-surgical office procedure in which Dr. Patterson implants a coil inside the fallopian tubes.
Over the course of three months, Essure promotes the formation of scar tissue that acts as a natural barrier, prohibiting eggs and sperm from joining. Three months after the coil is implanted, Dr. Patterson performs an ultrasound to make sure the fallopian tubes are completely blocked.
The other form of permanent contraception available is tubal ligation, a surgery to seal off the fallopian tubes.
To explore your birth control options, call Dr. Patterson today or book an appointment online.
Major Insurance Providers Accepted
At Dr. Patterson's practice, we accept most major insurance plans. Dr. Patterson is a Cigna Tier 1 provider, so patient participation in employer-sponsored Cigna group plans with OAP or PPO coverage may result in lower copayments or coinsurance levels for covered services. Here is a list of some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed. We do not take any Medicaid plans at all.
Words from our patients
"Dr. Patterson has been my Doctor for more than 25 years now. I have recommended many women to him through out the years and will continue to do so!"
"An extremely kind and compassionate expert in his field. Would not hesitate to recommend him to family and friends."
"I've been going to Dr. Patterson for almost 20 years now. He's very thorough and efficient and I appreciate how he always personally calls with results."
"Great doctor. Takes the time to explain everything and is very thorough. Happy to be his patient."
"I called him on a Friday night at 3am because my water broke and he called me back right away and met me at the hospital. I would highly recommend Dr Patterson"
" Dr. Patterson is a proactive, personal doctor! He was the only doctor to actively pursue solutions to my heavy menstrual cycles. I have never felt better in my life!
"Dr Patterson is a caring Dr and always gives personal service, it's very impressive when your Dr calls you himself with your test results !!"