Before getting a prescription for birth control, attend our birth control information session to learn about all the methods of hormonal and non hormonal birth control. This will help you understand the different methods available and determine which method(s) you may prefer. These information sessions are held every Monday-Thursday at 3:30 as well as Tuesday at 5:00- give us a call to register! Also check out our Birth Control Brochure!
These are man made or synthetic and consist of a combination of the female hormones estrogen and progesterone. They are taken daily to prevent ovulation. If an egg is not released, you do not get pregnant. They are 92 – 99% effective in preventing pregnancy. Birth control pills with both estrogen and progesterone are called “combination” pills. There is also a progesterone-only pill called the “mini” pill.
The Patch: Patch Brochure
This is a small patch that looks like a square band aid. It sticks to your skin and must be changed weekly. It works the same as the pill but it releases the hormones into the skin and from there they go into the bloodstream where they work to prevent ovulation. The Patch is 92 – 99% effective in preventing pregnancy.
The Ring: Ring Brochure
This is a small, flexible, plastic ring that you insert inside the vagina. Hormones in the ring are absorbed through the vagina. The hormones work to prevent the ovaries from releasing an egg and therefore prevent a pregnancy. The Ring is 92 – 99% effective in preventing pregnancy.
The Rod: Rod Brochure
Implanon is a matchstick-sized rod inserted under the skin of the upper arm. The rod slowly the hormone etonogestrel into the body over three years. Implanon is more than 99% effective in preventing pregnancy for a three year period.
The Annex carries both male and female condoms. The male condom is a thin sheath that fits over the penis and catches sperm. The female condom is a thin sheath made of plastic (polyurethane) with a flexible ring for insertion into the vagina. Condoms are 85 – 98% effective in preventing pregnancy.
Emergency Contraception- EC BROCHURE
These are hormonal pills that can be taken up to 5 days after having unprotected sex to help prevent a pregnancy. However, emergency contraception is most effective when taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex. They work by preventing the ovaries from releasing an egg. If an egg is not released, a pregnancy cannot happen. Emergency contraceptive appointments require a visit with the nurse only. Same day appointments are available for this situation. Emergency contraception or the morning after pill is 89% effective in preventing pregnancy.
Download our Birth Control Brochure