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Birth Control

At Planned Parenthood we believe everyone is entitled to a happy, healthy sex life. If you don’t want to get pregnant right now, we want to help you get on a form of birth control that fits your body and your lifestyle.

Consultations and services are available during all business hours by appointment at all of our health centers. You may be able to receive certain services without a pelvic exam.

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Types of Birth Control

The Implant (Implanon)

The implant (AKA Nexplanon) is a tiny, thin rod about the size of a matchstick.

The Pill

Birth control pills are a kind of medicine with hormones that you take every day to prevent pregnancy.

The Ring (Nuvaring)

The ring (AKA NuvaRing) is a safe, simple, and affordable birth control method that you wear inside your vagina.

The Patch (Ortho Evra)

The transdermal contraceptive patch is a safe, simple, and affordable birth control method that you wear on the skin of your belly, upper arm, butt, or back.

The Shot (Depo Provera)

The depo shot (AKA Depo-Provera) is an injection you get from a nurse or doctor once every 3 months.

Cervical Cap (FemCap)

A cervical cap is a little cup made from soft silicone and shaped like a sailor's hat.


A diaphragm is a form of birth control that’s a shallow cup shaped like a little saucer that's made of soft silicone.


Condoms are thin, stretchy pouches that you wear on your penis during sex.

Female Condoms

Female condoms are an alternative to regular condoms. They provide pretty much the same great protection from pregnancy and STDs.

Fertility Awareness Methods

Fertility awareness methods (FAMs) are ways to track your ovulation so you can prevent pregnancy.


An IUD is a tiny device that’s inserted in your uterus to prevent pregnancy. It’s long-term, reversible, and one of the most effective methods out there.


Vasectomy — also called male sterilization — is a surgical procedure. It is meant to protect against pregnancy permanently, so it’s super effective.

Emergency Contraception

Emergency contraception can stop a pregnancy before it starts. 

IUD and Implant Removal

Yes, Planned Parenthood will also remove your IUD or implant, even if you didn't get your device at Planned Parenthood. Please make an appointment if you want to have your IUD or implant removed.


Planned Parenthood is currently conducting research on several birth control methods, including IUDs, implants and the Pill. We're looking for patients to participate in our studies. If you participate, you may qualify for free services.

*Research participation IS NOT required to receive birth control or any other Planned Parenthood services.*

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Want to Learn More about Birth Control?

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