How To Acquire Birth Control
What is Birth Control?
Birth control (contraception) is any method, medicine, or device used to prevent pregnancy. Women can choose from many different types of birth control. Some work better than others at preventing pregnancy.
How To Acquire Birth Control
You need to see a doctor or nurse to get the types of birth control that work best to prevent pregnancy — like the IUD, implant, shot, pill, patch, or ring.
Frequently Asked Questions
How is birth control obtained?
You need a prescription for these types of birth control: Oral contraceptives: the pill and the mini-pill (in some states, birth control pills are now available without a prescription, through the pharmacy) Patch. Vaginal ring.
What are 5 methods of birth control?
What birth control options are available?
- Barrier methods. Examples include male and female condoms, as well as the diaphragm, cervical cap and contraceptive sponge.
- Short-acting hormonal methods.
- Long-acting hormonal methods.
- Spermicide or vaginal gel.
- Fertility awareness methods.
Can you get birth control on your own?
It mainly depends on where you live. In the U.S., different states have different laws about whether your doctor can prescribe birth control for you without your parents’ permission. Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia let people under 18 years old get birth control from a doctor on their own.
How much does birth control cost?
Birth control pills cost between $0–$50 a month. They can be totally free with most health insurance plans, or if you qualify for some government programs. You can get a prescription for the birth control pill from a doctor or nurse at a doctor’s office, health clinic, or your local Planned Parenthood health center.
Which birth control is best?
The kinds of birth control that work the best to prevent pregnancy are the implant and IUDs — they’re also the most convenient to use, and the most foolproof. Other birth control methods, like the pill, ring, patch, and shot, are also really good at preventing pregnancy if you use them perfectly.
Does birth control stop periods?
There are birth control pill regimens designed to prevent bleeding for three months at a time or for as long as a year. But it’s possible to prevent your period with continuous use of monophasic birth control pills — pills with the same hormone dose in the three weeks of active pills.
How can I take birth control naturally?
Natural birth control options
- Basal body temperature method. This method requires a person to use a basal thermometer to take their temperature every day when they first wake up.
- Ovulation prediction kits.
- Cervical mucus method.
- Calendar or rhythm method.
- Withdrawal method.
- Breastfeeding or lactation amenorrhea.
What is the safest birth control?
A lot of women have concerns about the safety of IUDs, but IUDs are safer than both birth control pills and childbirth. Risks associated with an IUD are rare. The hormonal IUD contains a small amount of progestin that stops the sperm from fertilizing an egg and lasts up to 3-8 years.
At what age can you start birth control?
Q: What age is the “right age” to start birth control? A: Age 16 tends to the most common age to start birth control as it allows a young woman to be established in her cycle before potentially disrupting it.
What is the 3 month birth control pill?
With Seasonale, you take the active pills without stopping for three months, or 84 days. After this three-month period, you take one week of inactive pills. You should have a period during this week of inactive pills. While you’re on Seasonale, you’ll have one period every three months.