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Birth Control FAQ

What is birth control? How do I choose the best kind for me?

Birth control is designed to prevent you from getting pregnant. It is reversible and comes in many different forms, both hormonal and non-hormonal. Some examples include:

  • Condoms
  • Birth control pills
  • Patch
  • Vaginal ring
  • Injection
  • Intrauterine devices (IUDs)

The method you choose depends on you, your personal needs and current health. When used correctly, all methods of birth control are safe and effective. We recommend speaking with your healthcare provider to determine which method suits you best.

What is an IUD?

An IUD is a form of birth control that is placed in your uterus by your doctor during an office visit. IUDs have been used for decades and are among the most popular forms of birth control in the world. They are among the safest, most effective and easiest to use forms of birth control.

There are two types of IUD:

  • The Mirena IUD, with low-dose progesterone hormone, works for five years
  • The Paragard IUD, made with copper, works for a maximum of 12 years

Your physician can remove your IUD at any time.

Is sterilization right for me? How is it done?

Sterilization can be performed on both men and women. For women, sterilization is a permanent form of birth control. Sterilization blocks your fallopian tubes so that an egg cannot reach your uterus. You may choose to be sterilized if you are certain you have completed child-bearing and do not wish to have more children.

There are a few types of sterilization procedures, some of which require minor surgery. Newer methods do not require surgery. All methods are safe and effective.

What is the “morning after pill”? How can I get it?

The “morning after pill” is a form of emergency contraception intended for use after sex. You may want to take it if you have had sex without using birth control or have had trouble with your regular method (for example, broken condom or missed pills). It is most effective when taken within five days of unprotected intercourse and can be obtained at many pharmacies without a prescription if you are 17 or older.

I am pregnant and considering termination. What are my options?

If you have an unplanned pregnancy, you may choose to have a termination. Some of the options are:

  • Medical termination, in which medications are taken to end a pregnancy
  • D&C (or D&E), which removes the pregnancy tissue from the body

Both options are safe. The one you choose depends on your preferences and how far along in your pregnancy you are. Recovery time from both procedures is usually short and follow-up care is important.

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