The good news is that women have more options than ever.
Choosing the right birth control method is a very personal decision. Some options, such as condoms, are widely available at drug stores. Other methods, such as pills or IUDs, require seeing a doctor or clinician. The most widely used pregnancy preventing methods are birth control pills, condoms, and long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs).
Birth control pills control hormones and so they require a doctor’s prescription. Pills are 99% effective when taken consistently. Intrauterine contraceptives (IUCs) are a small, T-shaped device that is placed into your uterus for up to 10 years of protection. A Hormone implant is a matchstick-sized plastic rod that is inserted under the skin of your upper arm. They have to be replaced every three years. Both of these options are safe and effective for most women and teens, and can be removed at any time if you’re ready to get pregnant. Hormonal patches are adhered to the arm or abdomen and are replaced weekly. A vaginal ring is placed inside the vagina and is removed after three weeks. Hormone shots protect against pregnancy for three months at a time. Barrier methods, such as a diaphragm or cervical cap are hormone free, but require more ongoing maintenance. Permanent birth control methods include vasectomy for men and tubal ligation for women. We provide expert referrals for these specialty procedures.
Talk to one of our providers. We’ll help find the best solution for your lifestyle.
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Southwest Care Alameda Clinic & Pharmacy
901 W Alameda St, Santa Fe, NM 87501