What Birth Control Methods are Available to me?

We at Clínica Medica Familiar know the importance of planning if or when you want to have a child. Timing and spacing pregnancies is better for your body. Birth control, safe sex and counseling can help you avoid the health and financial concerns associated with unintended pregnancy.

All services are confidential. Teens do not need a parent / guardian or adult for Family Planning Services.

Over the past several decades, adolescents have gained many opportunities to receive confidential health care services, particularly for concerns related to sexual activity, pregnancy, HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), substance abuse and mental health. Law prohibits disclosure of information or records to a parent without the minor’s consent.

Male Condoms

What is a Male Condom?
Condoms fit over the man’s erect penis. Sperm are kept inside the condom and can’t get to the woman’s egg.
How effective?
About 18 out of 100 women whose partners use Condoms get pregnant in a year.

Pill (Oral Contraceptive)

What is the Pill?
The Birth Control Pill is a small pill a woman takes every day to keep from getting pregnant. The pill has two kinds of hormones like the ones made in a woman’s body. These hormones keep the woman’s eggs from leaving her ovaries. There are many kinds of birth control pills with different amounts of these hormones in them.
How effective?
Only about 9 women out of 100 who use the pill for a year get pregnant.

Nuvaring

What is the Nuvaring?
The Vaginal Ring is a small soft ring the woman puts in her vagina monthly to keep from getting pregnant. Once the woman puts a new Ring into her vagina, the hormones are taken into her body through the skin of her vagina. Three weeks later, she takes it out and throws it away. After 7 days without a Ring, she puts in a new one.
How effective?
About 9 women out of 100 who use the Ring for a year get pregnant.

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Patch

What is the Patch?
The Contraceptive Patch is a small patch that you put on your skin once a week to keep from getting pregnant. Each Patch lasts for 7 days. The woman takes the old Patch off and puts a new Patch on a different part of her body. She does this for 3 weeks in a row. After 7 days without a Patch, she starts a new box of Patches.
How effective?
About 9 women out of 100 who use the Patch for a year get pregnant. The Patch may not work as well for women who weigh more than 200 pounds.

Implant

What is the Implant?
The Contraceptive Implant is a small, soft, thin tube placed under the skin of the upper arm to keep you from getting pregnant for 3 years. You must go to a health care provider to get the Implant put in. The Implant releases the right amount of hormone into your body to keep you from getting pregnant.
How effective?
Fewer than 1 in 100 women who use the Implant for a year will get pregnant.

IUD (Mirena)

What is the IUD?

The IUD is placed in your uterus to keep you from getting pregnant.

IUCs have a plastic frame with either copper or a hormone to make them work. The IUD keeps the man’s sperm from meeting the woman’s egg. Once it is in place, you don’t have to think about birth control every day.

How effective?

Fewer than 1 out of 100 women who use an IUC for one year get pregnant.

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What is Family PACT?

Family PACT is a family planning program. It helps women and men avoid getting pregnant or causing a pregnancy when they are not ready. (Adolescents are encouraged to apply, no parent or guardian needed)

Female Condoms

What is a Female Condom?
The Female Condom is a soft, thin plastic sleeve that can help protect you from pregnancy.
A woman puts a new Female Condom in her vagina every time she has sex. The man’s sperm stay inside the condom and cannot get to the woman’s egg.
How effective?
About 21 out of 100 women who use the Female Condom get pregnant in a year.

Depo Provera

What is Depo Provera?

The Birth Control Shot has hormones in it to keep you from getting pregnant. The shot has a hormone that keeps the woman’s eggs from leaving her ovaries. It also thickens the mucus at the opening of the uterus. That way the man’s sperm cannot get inside.

How effective?

Only about 6 women out of 100 who use the shot for a year get pregnant.

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Vasectomy

What is Vasectomy?
A vasectomy is considered a permanent method of birth control. A vasectomy prevents the release of sperm when a man ejaculates.
How effective?
It usually takes several months after a vasectomy for all remaining sperm to be ejaculated or reabsorbed. You must use another method of birth control until you have a semen sample tested and it shows a zero sperm count. Otherwise, you can still get your partner pregnant.

Sterilization

What is Sterilization?
Essure is a permanent method of birth control. It is made of small, flexible metal coils that are placed in a woman’s tubes. The coils cause your body to grow tissue that blocks the tubes. Sperm cannot get past the tissue and cannot get to the woman’s egg.
How effective?
Less than one woman out of 100 will get pregnant.