Non-Hormonal IUD

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Lasts
10-12 Years

Effectiveness
99%

ParaGard® is a hormone-free intrauterine device (IUD) that is placed in your uterus to prevent pregnancy, and is over 99% effective birth control for up to 10 years. Made of plastic and wrapped with a thin copper wire, ParaGard® releases small amounts of copper that prevent sperm from passing into the cervix.

How does it work?

Getting an IUD inserted does not require surgery! It typically takes only a few minutes for a healthcare provider to insert (or remove) the IUD. Paragard® is a small, T-shaped device made of flexible plastic wrapped in a thin copper wire that releases small amounts of copper (instead of hormones) that prevent sperm from passing into the cervix, avoiding egg fertilization and implementation. Paragard® is a reversible form of birth control that your healthcare provider can remove it any time. For more information about Paragard®, visit www.paragard.com.

Where can I get one?

They are available at our partner clinics. Click here to see if you qualify.

Pros

  • Can last up to 10-12 years
  • Is over 99% effective
  • Hormone-free (great option for women who either cannot or do not want to use a hormonal form of birth control)
  • Hassle-free without the daily, weekly or monthly reminders
  • A healthcare provider can remove your IUD at any time.
  • Safe for women who have or haven’t had children, including teens.
  • Safe to use while breastfeeding
  • After removal, your ability to get pregnant will return immediately
  • Will not stop you from ovulating (or having a period) each month (important for some women)

BONUS: Paragard® is also known to be the most effective Emergency Contraceptive there is. Have a healthcare provider insert it within 5 days of a misstep and lower your chance of pregnancy by 99.9%

Cons

  • Paragard® does not protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV & AIDS. You should use a condom each time you have sex to prevent against STIs
  • May cause cramping or heavier periods
  • Irregular bleeding is common

Hormonal IUD

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Lasts
3-5 Years

Effectiveness
99%

A hormone-releasing intrauterine device (IUD) that is placed in your uterus to prevent pregnancy. It is over 99% effective at preventing pregnancy and once in place, it provides continuous pregnancy prevention for as long as you want for up to 3-5 years.

How does it work?

An Hormonal IUD is a small, T-shaped device made of flexible plastic and contains a progestin hormone called levonorgestrel. Levonorgestrel thickens the cervical mucus, inhibits sperm movement and survival and thins the lining of the uterus to prevent implantation. It is a reversible form of birth control that your healthcare provider can remove it any time.

What are the different kinds of hormonal IUDs?

Mirena® – Good for 5 years. For more information, visit: www.mirena-us.com.

Kyleena® – Good for 5 years. Slightly smaller than Mirena® (1.18” compared to 1.26”) and releases a smaller dose of hormone (19.5 mg compared to 52 mg) so there is a higher chance for a period compared to Mirena®. For more information, visit www.kyleena-us.com.

Liletta® Good for 5 years. For more information, visit: www.liletta.com.

Skyla® Good for 3 years. Slightly smaller than Mirena® (1.18” compared to 1.26”) and releases a smaller dose of hormone (13.5 mg compared to 52 mg) so there is a higher chance for a period compared to Mirena®. For more information, visit www.skyla-us.com.

Where can I get one?

They are available at our partner clinics. Click here to see if you qualify.

Pros

  • Can last up to 3-5 years
  • Is over 99% effective
  • Does not contain estrogen
  • Hassle-free without the daily, weekly or monthly reminders
  • A healthcare provider can remove your IUD at any time.
  • Tested on and safe for women who haven’t had children, including teens
  • Safe to use while breastfeeding
  • After removal, your ability to get pregnant will return immediately
  • You may experience fewer, lighter or no monthly periods
  • IUDs can be used to treat, protect against or even reduce the risk of:
    • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
    • Menorrhagia (heavy menstrual bleeding)
    • Endometriosis
    • Uterine infections
    • Endometrial cancer
    • Cervical cancer (by almost 50%)

Cons

  • IUDs do not protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV & AIDS. You should use a condom each time you have sex to prevent against STIs 
  • Irregular period is expected especially in the first 3-6 months.
  • Some women may experience cramping after insertion.

The Arm Implant

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Lasts
3 Years

Effectiveness
99%

Nexplanon® (etonogestrel implant, 68mg, radiopaque) is a small, thin and flexible contraceptive arm implant that is placed discreetly under the skin of your inner, upper arm by your health care provider. It is over 99% effective at preventing pregnancy and once in place, it provides continuous pregnancy prevention for as long as you want for up to 3 years.

How does it work?

Nexplanon® contraceptive arm implant releases a steady, low dose of hormone into your bloodstream that stops ovulation (or an egg from being released by your ovary) and also prevents sperm from reaching the egg. Nexplanon® is a reversible form of birth control that your healthcare provider can remove it any time. For more information on Nexplanon® visit: www.nexplanon.com.

Where can I get one?

They are available at our partner clinics. Click here to see if you qualify.

Pros

  • Can last up to 3 years
  • Is over 99% effective
  • Does not contain estrogen
  • Hassle-free without the daily, weekly or monthly reminders
  • A healthcare provider can remove your implant at any time.
  • Safe for women who haven’t had children, including teens
  • Safe to use while breastfeeding
  • Most women experience fewer, lighter periods
  • May improve PMS, depression and symptoms associated with endometriosis
  • After removal, your ability to get pregnant will return immediately

Cons

  • Nexplanon® does not protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV & AIDS. You should use a condom each time you have sex to prevent against STIs
  • Irregular period is expected especially in the first 6-12 months
  • Some women may experience slight arm bruising after insertion

The Shot

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Lasts
3 Months

Effectiveness
94%

The shot contains the hormone progestin, which prevents your ovaries from releasing eggs. It also thickens your cervical mucus, which helps block sperm from getting to the egg in the first place. Must be taken every 3 months. Good hormonal option for those who can’t take estrogen.

The Shot does not protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV & AIDS. You should use a condom each time you have sex to prevent against STIs

The Ring

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Lasts
4 Weeks

Effectiveness
91%

The ring is a small, bendable ring that you insert into your vagina. It is left in place for three weeks at a time, then taken out for a week. It gives off hormones that prevent your ovaries from releasing eggs. The hormones also thicken your cervical mucus, which helps to block sperm from getting to the egg.

The Ring does not protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV & AIDS. You should use a condom each time you have sex to prevent against STIs

The Patch

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Lasts
1 Week

Effectiveness
91%

The patch is a thin, beige piece of plastic that sticks on your skin and gives off hormones that prevent your ovaries from releasing eggs. The hormones also thicken your cervical mucus, which helps to block sperm from getting to the egg. A new patch should be applied once a week.

The Patch does not protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV & AIDS. You should use a condom each time you have sex to prevent against STIs

The Pill

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Lasts
1 Day

Effectiveness
91%

“The Pill” is an oral contraception that is taken once a day, at the same time every day. There are lots of different kinds, but most work by releasing hormones that keep your ovaries from releasing eggs. The hormones also thicken your cervical mucus, which helps to block sperm from getting to the egg.

The Pill does not protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV & AIDS. You should use a condom each time you have sex to prevent against STIs

The Diaphragm

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Lasts
1 Day

Effectiveness
88%

A diaphragm is a shallow, dome-shaped cup made of silicone. It is inserted into your vagina, then it covers your cervix and keeps sperm out of your uterus. Effective immediately, can be put in hours before sex, and doesn’t affect your hormones. For best results, it should be used with spermicide.

The Diaphragm does not protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV & AIDS. You should use a condom each time you have sex to prevent against STIs

Condoms

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Lasts
1 Time

Effectiveness
82%

Condoms are one of the most popular, inexpensive forms of birth control. They slip over the penis to prevent pregnancy by keeping sperm inside the condom and out of the vagina. Hundreds of shapes and sizes are available, with lube and without. Also lowers the risk of STIs.

Sterilization

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Lasts
Forever

Effectiveness
99%

Sterilization is a permanent solution for those who are sure they don’t want a future pregnancy. It’s a procedure that closes or blocks your fallopian tubes, where eggs and sperm meet. Talk to a health care provider to learn more and be sure to ask about state and federal requirements.

Sterilization does not protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV & AIDS. You should use a condom each time you have sex to prevent against STIs