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Family Planning

Hormonal Birth Control:

Hormonal methods include pills, injections, rings, implants and patches. The type of method you choose should be one that you are comfortable with and suits your lifestyle. With most hormonal methods, a woman takes hormones which prevent ovulation which prevent an egg from being produced; therefore a pregnancy can not occur. Hormonal methods are used primarily to prevent pregnancies and do not protect against STDs.

Injections:

The progestin injection provides protection against pregnancy for 3 months, which means 4 injections are needed in a year.

Ring:

The ring is placed in the upper vagina and releases estrogen and progestin continuously. It is worn for 21 days and removed for 7 days for menstruation to occur.

The Patch:

An adhesive patch, which releases estrogen and progestin, is placed directly on the skin. 1 patch lasts 1 week and is used for 3 weeks and removed on the 4th week for menstruation to occur.

The Implant:

An implant (a small plastic rod), is inserted under the skin in the upper arm. It releases progestin which prevents ovulation. It is inserted by the doctor and protects against pregnancies for 3 years

IUD:

A small plastic or metal device is inserted into the uterus. It stops the egg from fertilizing and can remain in the body for 10 years.