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Contraceptives

Most contraceptive services currently available in the United States may be obtained at the Family Planning Clinic either through direct services or by referral. The following direct services are available:

  • Abstinence or postponement of sexual activity
    We support and encourage those who choose not to be sexually active.
  • Oral contraceptives or birth control pills
    We carry many different brands of pills; or if you have insurance that covers contraception, we will be happy to provide you with a prescription to take to your preferred pharmacy after your exam. 
  • Diaphragm and cervical caps
    These are both barrier methods of birth control which are inserted before intercourse.
  • Condoms
    A condom is a barrier method that also protects against many STDs. It should be used with spermicide to prevent pregnancy.
  • Depo-Provera
    “The shot” is given every three months. It is convenient and very effective.
  • Hormonal implant
    Nexplanon, formerly known as Implanon, is a small rod that is inserted under the skin of the upper arm. It is considered to be very effective and lasts for three years.  
  • Intrauterine device
    There are currently three types of intrauterine devices (IUDs) in this country. The FCPH Clinic carries two of the three. The Copper T 380A, also known as the Paragard IUD, lasts for 10 years, acts as a spermicide within the uterus, and is ideal for women who prefer a nonhormonal method. The Mirena lasts five years and has been FDA approved for treatment of heavy periods. Both IUDs can be removed if a pregnancy is desired prior to the expiriation date. 
  • NuvaRing
    Is a comfortable, flexible contraceptive ring that is about two inches in diameter and used to prevent pregnancy. You insert NuvaRing into your vagina once a month. NuvaRing stays in place for three weeks. During that time it will slowly release a low dose of hormones that are needed to prevent pregnancy.
  • Natural Family Planning
    We do not offer natural family planning directly but do offer referral to instructors in the area. This method requires both partners to actively participate.
  • Sterilization
    Funding for tubal libations and vasectomy can be provided for through federal grants. Neither procedure is provided at the clinic.
  • Emergency contraception pills
    Provided up to five days after intercourse, but is best taken within three days, (72 hours), after unprotected intercourse. It decreases the chance of unintended pregnancy by 89%; but is not intended to be used as a regular form of birth control. Emergency contraception pills are offered when a condom breaks, a pill is missed, or other times where there is a higher risk for an unplanned pregnancy. 

Check out the Choices brochure for more detailed information on the advantages and disadvantages of the different forms of contraception.