Barrier Methods

How do you use it?
  • Condom

    Before using a condom, make sure which way it unrolls. Pull back the foreskin and unroll the condom all the way to the base of the penis. Talk to your partner about using a condom in advance. Change the condom if the penis is exposed to a different site (i.e. moves from anus to vagina). Remove the condom immediately after you ejaculate (cum). Withdraw the penis while holding the rim of the condom at the base of the penis to avoid having any cum spill out. The condom should be used just once and then thrown away. Do not use at the same time as the female condom and do not use 2 condoms at once (“double bagging”) as this can cause them to break.

  • Female Condom

    The female condom can be inserted into the vagina or anus before having sex. It is a tube-shaped condom with a flexible ring on each end. The inner ring at the closed end is used to insert the condom inside the vagina or anus and to hold it in place during sex. The outer ring at the open end of the sheath remains outside the vagina or anus. The penis is inserted into the open end of the condom. Do not use this condom at the same time as a male condom because the friction from the two materials rubbing together can cause them to break.

Approximately how effective is it?
(if used correctly & consistently)
Condom
Female Condom


Hormonal Methods

How do you use it?
  • Birth Control Pill

    For most types of BC pills you swallow one pill every day for three weeks. The last week you either take a pill that has no hormones –a “reminder” pill to keep you in the habit of taking a pill each day-or take no pills for one week. This is when you will get your period. There are also pills you can take to not get your period at all. Talk to your provider about what kind of pills are best for you.

  • Depo - Provera

    The BC shot (also called Depo-Provera or just Depo) is given at the clinic every 12 weeks to prevent pregnancy. Depo has only one hormone in it, not two like some other methods. This hormone stops the ovaries from releasing an egg so you can’t get pregnant.

  • The Patch

    The patch is worn on the skin like a band aid and releases hormones through the skin. A new patch is worn each week for 3 weeks. During the fourth week no patch is worn and you will get your period. The patch will not fall off during showering or swimming or even with exercise.

  • Vaginal Ring

    Insert a new ring into your vagina every month to prevent pregnancy. The hormones in the ring go through the body to prevent ovulation, or release of an egg. The ring must be removed after 3 weeks. During the fourth week you will get your period. After that fourth week a new ring is inserted to protect against pregnancy for one more month.

Approximately how effective is it?
(if used correctly & consistently)
Birth Control Pill
Depo - Provera
The Patch
Vaginal Ring


Long Acting Reversible Contraceptive Methods

How do you use it?
  • Intrauterine Device

    A clinician places it inside a person’s uterus during a simple 15 minute procedure where it can stay and remain effective for 5-12 years, depending on which kind of IUD is used. 

  • Implant

    After numbing your skin, the implant (Implanon) is inserted into your upper arm by a clinician at a clinic. It is a simple procedure that only takes a few minutes.

Approximately how effective is it? 
IUD
Implant


Other Methods

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