Birth Control Options

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There are many options for birth control available today, and consulting with your doctor is the easiest way to find out which method is best for your needs and lifestyle. Some options include:

Birth Control Pill

Birth control pills or oral contraceptives are a method of birth control that uses hormones to prevent pregnancy. The synthetic female hormones in the pills change a woman's natural hormone levels and prevent her ovaries from releasing an egg each month. The most commonly used pills are "combined" pills. They contain synthetic forms of two hormones: estrogen and progesterone.

Nexplanon®

Nexplanon is an implant that is about the size of a matchstick. It is a tiny, soft and flexible rod that is inserted under the skin of your upper arm. It prevents pregnancy by releasing a progestin hormone called etonogesrel. This hormone stops the ovaries from releasing an egg as well as thickens your cervical mucus to keep sperm from reaching an egg. Nexplanon does not contain any estrogen.

It is a long-term birth control that is up to 99% effective and provides pregnancy protection for up to 3 years. Nexplanon can be placed in the doctor’s office.

IUDs

IUD stands for intrauterine device, which is a small T-shaped contraceptive device that is inserted into the uterus. An IUD is a long-acting birth control that contains hormones that prevent a fertilized egg from implanting in the uterus. It can also thicken the cervical mucus. IUDs have a 99% effective rate in preventing pregnancy.

IUD insertion in performed in the doctor’s office and can be removed at any time.

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