As a Gynaecologist and Obstetrician, Dr Hartell offers contraception counselling to women of all ages. Each woman is unique, and contraception should not be a one-size-fits-all approach. During your consultation, Dr Hartell will assist you with the most suitable contraceptive for your individual lifestyle. She will help you find the appropriate contraceptive that you are most comfortable using.



Women have become more aware of their sexuality and have set specific reproductive goals, and because of this, they have more variety concerning contraceptives. A question of the most befitting comes to mind, and of course, there are so many to choose from that it can be quite confusing. From birth control pills, barrier methods, injections, rings, patches and contraceptive devices such as the Implanon, Mirena, Kyleena or the Copper-T, Dr Hartell can tell you the advantages and disadvantages of each and which option will best be suited for you. By educating patients on their contraceptive options, she empowers her patients to take control of their reproductive health.


An oral birth control pill is the most prevalent form of contraception and highly advantageous because of its ability to reduce heavy and uncomfortable periods. A contraceptive implant is at least 99 per cent effective, providing long-term results for three years at most. Contraception using a combined pill inhibits ovulationand thickens the mucus in the vagina and cervix so that sperm do not enter the womb easily. The pill can also aid in thinning out the lining of the womb, thus aiding that one’s menstruation has a lighter flow .. Dr Hartell will sift through the options if birth control pills to be suited to your need.

Alternative contraceptives are:

  • The diaphragm/cap comprises silicone that glides into the vagina and is adjusted to cover the cervix just before sexual intercourse.
  • A transdermal patch is placed onto the skin and releases hormones that aid in the prevention of pregnancy.
  • A vaginal ring consist of hormones similar to the pill and rests inside the vagina. Inside the vagina, the ring releases oestrogen and progestogen to inhibit pregnancy.
  • The Copper intrauterine device (IUD) is in the shape of the letter "T" and comprises plastic and copper. Unlike most contraceptives that you can insert yourself, an experienced doctor needs to place an IUD. With the copper intrauterine device, you will still have monthly menstruation, but sometimes the duration of your periods might be longer, and the amount of menstrual blood flow might be heavier.

Throughout your life, your reproductive needs may change, along with your contraceptive methods. Your Gynaecologist can assist in preventing pregnancy, assist in family planning, and maintain your menstrual cycle. Contraceptives are not only used to avoid unplanned pregnancies but can be used to manage a range of gynaecological conditions and menstrual disorders.