Women's Health Institute
OB-GYNs & Nurse Practitioners located in Peoria, IL
The health professionals at the Women’s Health Institute serve the residents of Peoria, Illinois as well as many of the surrounding communities. Dr. Larry Overcash and Erin Overcash WHNP specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of many different health issues that women of all ages face.
Birth Control Q & A
What Types of Birth Control Are Available?
Many different types of birth control are on the market. Barrier methods, such as the diaphragm, contraceptive sponges, and the cervical cap, are effective when used correctly. Birth control pills, the patch, hormone implants and the contraceptive ring are also available. It is important for all patients to go over the options with their OB/GYN to find out which one best suits their needs. Women with specific health issues will do better with certain types of contraception while others may be able to use almost any kind. Discussing all of the options with the doctor will provide all the patients with the information they need to make an informed decision.
Can Birth Control Medications Be Used for Other Conditions?
Birth control medications that contain hormones can be used for purposes other than preventing pregnancy. They can also be used to help regulate menstrual periods that are extremely heavy or very slight. Birth control medications are effective at regulating hormone imbalances that can cause disruptions in ovulation cycles that lead to infertility problems and other health issues. Women who are experiencing the signs and symptoms of pre-menopause may be put on birth control medications in an attempt to alleviate or reduce the severity of their symptoms. Before prescribing any type of birth control medication, the doctor will do a complete physical evaluation to determine the cause of the problem.
What Are the Side Effects of Oral Contraceptives?
Oral contraceptives are known to cause side effects. Many women do not have any side effects whatsoever, while others begin to experience them after many years of use. A few of the most common symptoms include acne, bloating, swelling of the hands and feet, abdominal cramping, dizziness and breast pain. If a patient begins taking oral contraceptives, and side effects begin to present themselves, they should be immediately reported to the doctor.
Major Insurance Providers Accepted
We accept several insurance plans from many different providers. If you do not see your provider listed here, please give us a call and we will let you know if you are covered.
Words from our patients
"Staff all friendly and great! Dr. Overcash was kind and patient and seemed to know me better than I know myself. Thank you for your kind words."
"Absolutely the best place to go for women's health issues. I have been going for years."
"Dr. Overcash never makes you feel rushed. He's very thorough and gives great advice for bettering your health. Very friendly and kind."
"Dr. Overcash is an amazing physician. He had me back feeling normal after surgery right away. He has delivered all of my children and I would highly recommend!"
"I give this office an outstanding review; they are very professional and care about your health concerns."