Birth Control Pills, Patch, Ring
- Birth control pills are used to prevent pregnancy. They give you regular dose of the hormones estrogen and progestin, or progestin only. The pills come in a pack of 28. You take one pill every day. One pack provides 1 month of birth control.
- The patch is used to prevent pregnancy. It looks like a bandage. It gives you a regular dose of the hormones estrogen and progestin. The patch comes in packs of three. You change the patch once a week for 3 weeks and then go without a patch for 1 week. During this week, you have your period. One pack provides birth control for 1 month.
- The ring is used to prevent pregnancy. It’s a soft plastic ring that you put into your vagina. It’s also called the vaginal ring. It gives you a regular dose of the hormones estrogen and progestin. The ring protects against pregnancy for 1 month at a time. You wear one ring for 3 weeks in a row and then go without a ring for 1 week. During this week, you have your period.
- Consultation and prescription are provided for pills, patch, and ring. Birth control pills will be available on site in the coming months.
- Depo-Provera, also known as the birth control shot, provides birth control for 3 months at a time. You then need another shot to continue to prevent pregnancy. The shot is available on site.
IUD insertion and removal
- The intrauterine device (IUD) is used to prevent pregnancy for up to 3 to 12 years. It’s a small, plastic, T-shaped device. Your doctor places the IUD in your uterus. You have a choice between a hormonal IUD and a nonhormonal (copper) IUD.
Nexplanon insertion and removal
- Nexplanon, also known as the birth control implant, is used to prevent pregnancy for up to 3 years. It’s a thin rod about the size of a matchstick that is inserted under the skin (subdermal) on the inside of your arm. The implant releases the hormone progestin to prevent pregnancy.