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Birth Control

A. Michael Coppa, MD

OB/GYNs located in Cranston, RI, Smithfield, RI & Providence, RI

As a woman, you have a right to choose how you plan your family. At his OB/GYN practice in Cranston, Rhode Island and Providence, Rhode Island, Dr. A. Michael Coppa offers a variety of birth control options to accommodate your lifestyle and family planning needs. Dr. Coppa prescribes popular birth control options, such as IUDs, pills, or the Depo-Provera injection. To discuss available choices for effective birth control, schedule a consultation with Dr. Coppa online or by phone.

Birth Control Q & A

What birth control services are available?

Dr. Coppa offers initial birth control counseling services to help you identify the best option for your family planning needs. He reviews your medical history and existing health conditions to determine if hormonal birth control options are safe for you.

Once you both decide on the right method, Dr. Coppa can provide necessary prescriptions for oral birth control pills or patches. He also offers in-office services for IUD placement and birth control injections.

What is an IUD?


The intrauterine device (IUD) is an effective birth control method that Dr. Coppa places into your uterus to prevent sperm from reaching your eggs.

There are two types of IUDs. Hormonal IUDs thin the lining of your uterus to make it more difficult for sperm to travel to the fallopian tubes for fertilization. The progestin hormone also prevents ovulation.

Copper IUDs cause inflammation in your uterine lining, which is toxic to sperm. This creates an unfavorable environment for fertilization to occur.

Hormonal IUDs can be highly effective for preventing pregnancy for up to five years, while copper IUDs can work for as long as 10 years.

How does the Depo-Provera injection work?

The Depo-Provera injection contains progestin hormones that can prevent unexpected pregnancies for three months at a time. The shot works much like birth control pills, preventing ovulation by increasing the buildup of mucus in the cervical opening.

Dr. Coppa can administer the shot in-office every three months. Provided you receive your shot in a timely manner, you can ensure effective pregnancy prevention.

A benefit of Depo-Provera is that you don’t need to remember to take daily medication. However, you still need to use other methods of birth control, such as condoms, to prevent sexually transmitted diseases.

What are my options for permanent birth control?

If you are sure you no longer plan to have children, Dr. Coppa can perform minimally invasive surgery to close your fallopian tubes by burning or cutting the pathways to prevent conception.

Dr. Coppa uses a laparoscopic surgical technique, creating a small incision in your abdomen to access your fallopian tubes. This type of surgery requires less downtime and a faster recovery than open surgery.

To discover the right birth control option for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Coppa online or by calling the Cranston or Providence office today.