When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak. - Audre Lorde
Care Connection is a sexual and reproductive health blog by Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri.
Intrauterine devices, or IUDs, are small, t-shaped pieces of plastic that are put into the uterus. Before getting an IUD, it's important to know the most common benefits, risks, side effects and other birth control choices you have.
Just like birth control, there is more than one type of emergency contraception. Although it’s casually referred to as “morning-after pill,” emergency contraception can work beyond the morning after unprotected sex. One of those types is Ella, which is the most effective emergency contraception pill available.
More than half of the women in the United States are in their childbearing years. The majority do not want an unintended pregnancy. A July 2020 ruling by the Supreme Court exempted businesses, universities and moral objectors from providing birth control with insurance coverage. A person's ability to use contraception to prevent unintended pregnancies is associated with broad health, social and economic benefits.
The patch, pill and ring are birth control methods made with the hormones estrogen and progestin. They prevent you from getting pregnant by stopping the eggs from leaving the ovaries and making it harder for sperm to get to the eggs.
Nexplanon is the brand name, but the birth control implant is a tiny rod that's inserted under the skin of your upper arm. It works for years, and once you get it, you don't have to think about it. It can also be removed at any time.
If you miss pills or start your pack late, the birth control pills may not work as well. The chances of getting pregnancy depend on when and how many pills you missed. Learn more about what to do if you forget to take your birth control pill.
External condoms and internal condoms are barrier methods of birth control. They prevent pregnancy by preventing sperm from entering the vagina and joining the egg. Are condoms the right birth control for you? Here's everything you need to know about this barrier birth control method.
The Right Time is a six-year, statewide initiative to help Missourians access birth control. Participating health centers like Planned Parenthood seek to empower individuals to take control of their health by improving information about, and removing barriers to, contraception.
Previous research suggests both the Nexplanon implant and Mirena IUD remain effective for at least another 12 months.
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