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Need birth control? We can help. Our expert providers can walk you through all your options and help you choose the one that works best for you and your lifestyle.

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Why Birth Control? 

People use birth control for a variety of reasons. It's not just for preventing pregnancy. People who aren't sexually active or aren't having sex that can cause a pregnancy may still be interested in birth control. 

As experts in birth control, our providers can help you figure out whether birth control is right for you, and what option is best for your lifestyle and body. Whether you’re looking to avoid a hormonal birth control option, or are interested in switching to a method that you don’t have to think about every day, we have options!

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TYPES OF BIRTH CONTROL METHODS

Birth Control Pill

Birth control pills are a kind of medicine with hormones. Birth control pills come in a pack, and you take 1 pill every day. The pill is safe, affordable, and effective if you always take your pill on time. Besides preventing pregnancy, the pill has lots of other health benefits, too.

IUD

The IUD is a highly effective method. It is a t-shaped piece of plastic that gets put in your uterus. Some contain hormones and some don’t. It offers pregnancy protection for 3 -12 years, depending on the type you get. It doesn’t protect you from STIs, so use a condom with your IUD.

Birth Control Shot

The shot is a highly effective method. It is a shot that contains hormones that prevent pregnancy for three full months. It doesn’t protect you from STIs, so use a condom with the shot.

Birth Control Implant

The implant is a highly effective method. It is a tiny rod that includes hormones and is inserted under the skin of your upper arm. It can prevent pregnancy for up to four years. It doesn’t protect you from STIs, so use a condom with your implant to help stop pregnancy and STIs.

Birth Control Vaginal Ring

The ring is a moderately effective method when used exactly as directed. It is a small, bendable ring that contains hormones to prevent pregnancy. You insert it into the vagina for three to four weeks at a time. It doesn’t protect you from STIs so use a condom with your ring.

The Patch

The patch is moderately effective. It is a thin, beige piece of plastic that looks like a square Band-Aid. You stick the patch on your skin and it gives off hormones that prevent your ovaries from releasing eggs. It doesn’t protect you from STIs, so use a condom with your patch.

Diaphragm

The diaphragm is a less effective method, and it must be used exactly as directed and with spermicide. It is a shallow, dome-shaped cup made of silicone that is inserted into your vagina and blocks sperm. It doesn’t protect you from STIs, so use a condom with your diaphragm to help stop pregnancy and STIs.

Condoms

An external condom is a less effective method and must be used exactly as directed. It slips over the penis to block sperm, help prevent pregnancy, and lower the risk of STIs. Use another birth control method with a condom for even more pregnancy preventing power.

Internal Condom

An internal condom is a less effective method, and it must be used exactly as directed. It is inserted into the vagina and blocks sperm. It helps protect you from STIs. Use another birth control method with your internal condom for even more pregnancy preventing power.

Now Offering Phexxi

Phexxi is a new non-hormonal birth control method. Phexxi is a prescription vaginal gel that prevents pregnancy.

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