Did you know almost half of all pregnancies in the United States are unplanned? Did you know approximately 50% of these unplanned pregnancies occur in women who say they were using some form of contraception? There are many birth control options available to women today.
Though the birth control pill is widely used and generally considered safe, many of our college students report difficulty remembering to take the pill at the same time every day. Some women don’t like the side effects of the birth control pill. Other women have certain medical conditions that make it unsafe to use hormone contraceptives. College women are asking for safe, reliable, hassle-free birth control options that are 99.9% effective.
The IUD (intra-uterine device) aka IUC (intra-uterine contraceptive) aka IUS (intra-uterine system) is a small, plastic T-shaped device that is placed inside the uterus by a medical provider. The IUD prevents sperm from joining the egg and it causes changes in the lining of the uterus which prevents pregnancy. There are (2) brands of IUD currently on the market: Paragard IUD, also called Copper T, is free of hormones so won’t affect your natural cycle. It can be left safely in place for 10 years, although it can be removed at any time if you decide to become pregnant. Mirena IUD contains the progesterone hormone, levonorgestrel, and can be safely left in place for 5 years. There is less bleeding with Mirena, so women with heavy periods may prefer Mirena for this reason. Mirena may also be a good choice for women with medical conditions such as endometriosis.
Implanon, which contains the progestin Etonogestrel, has been available since 1998 and 4.5 million women world-wide have used this product. Implanon is a soft, flexible plastic rod the size of a matchstick that is put under the skin of your arm in an in-office procedure and can be left in place for 3 years. Implanon prevents pregnancy by stopping the release of an egg from your ovary. It also thickens the cervical mucus, which acts as a barrier to prevent sperm from fertilizing an egg. Implanon is designed to be palpable but not visible, and should not interfere with daily activities.
HOW DO I KNOW IF THE IUD OR IMPLANON IS RIGHT FOR ME?
All (3) of these long-acting contraceptives are free for women who have FPACT insurance. Please call our office to schedule a consultation with our healthcare provider to answer your questions and help you determine which long-acting contraceptive is right for you. We will be happy to help you understand the potential risks and benefits of these forms of birth control.
• Birth control you don’t have to think about every day, every week every month or even every year.
• Birth control that is over 99% effective
• Birth control that, once removed, allows you to try to become pregnant when you want to.
• Birth control that’s quickly inserted, easy to use and removable when you want it to be.
• Birth control that’s effective and safe, flexible, and helps simplify your life.
• Birth control that fits a busy college woman’s lifestlyle and meets your needs.
Please call the Student Health and Counseling Service 760-750-4915 to schedule your consultation appointment.