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Implantable Birth Control (Nexplanon)
Implantable birth control is a tiny rod that is inserted into your arm. It stops you from getting pregnant for up to 5 years.
It releases a hormone that keeps sperm from fertilising your eggs and stops ovulation. It does not protect you from STIs. You must use a condom or other type of birth control in addition to protect against STIs.
This type of birth control is right for you if you can’t remember to take birth control pills or don’t want to use other methods.
If you want to get pregnant in the future, your doctor can take out the implant. You can get pregnant quickly after that.
IUDs (Copper IUDs, Nuvarings)
If you you’re a woman with only one sex partner and a low risk of getting an STI, an IUD may be right for you.
Using an IUD is not considered safe sex because it does not protect you from STIs.
However, with a correctly inserted IUD, your chance of getting pregnant is less than 1%.
IUD stands for ‘Intrauterine Device’. It's an implantable birth control that fits inside your uterus.
It prevents pregnancy by making it more difficult for sperm to reach your eggs. It can also stop a fertilised egg from implanting in your uterus.
IUDs start working quickly and last 3 to 10 years, depending on the type.
One type of IUD is hormonal contraception. This type of contraceptive implant is also called an IUS, for ‘Intrauterine System’. It releases progestogen into your body, a hormone that is also in birth control pills. These IUDs can make your period lighter.
The other type is a copper IUD. It is a type of non hormonal birth control. It doesn’t use hormones, but the copper prevents pregnancy. It can make your periods heavier, but last longer than a hormonal IUD.
A NuvaRing is a vaginal ring. It is similar to an IUD, but is placed in the vagina rather than the cervix. Unlike an IUD, you can insert a NuvaRing yourself.
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Birth Control Pills
Birth control pills are a type of contraceptive pill for women.
When you take them correctly, your chance of getting pregnant is less than 1%.
This birth control option releases hormones that change your body. They makes it harder to become pregnant.
They can also have other benefits. They help make your period more regular and your cramps lighter. They can lower your risk of some cancers. And they might clear up acne.
But birth control pills do not protect you from STIs such as HIV, syphilis, chlamydia and gonorrhoea.
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Birth Control Patch
This type of birth control is a contraceptive patch you place on your skin once a week for 3 weeks. It releases hormones into your blood.
During week 4, you do not wear the patch so you can have your period.
The contraceptive patch works like birth control pills. The hormones it releases prevent pregnancy.
The patch does not protect against STIs.
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A contraceptive injection releases the hormone progestogen into a woman's body. This prevents pregnancy by stopping ovulation.
This injection works for 2 to 3 months and is 99% effective if given correctly.
It can be useful for women who cannot remember to take a daily contraceptive pill. It can also work for women who cannot use birth control with estrogen.
Depo-Provera is an example of a popular contraceptive injection. Depo-Provera works by stopping ovulation and thickening cervical mucus.
It does not protect from STIs, so condoms should be used if there is a risk of getting HIV or other diseases.
If you want to have a baby soon, this type of birth control may not be right. This is because it can take up to 1 year to be able to have a baby after stopping contraceptive injections.
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Condoms (Male Birth Control)
Condoms are a type of male birth control. They are the only type of birth control that can prevent pregnancy and also protect against STIs.
The most common type of condom is worn on a man’s penis.
Condoms are made from very thin rubber or other material. They are designed to keep semen from contacting the man's sex partner.
When used correctly, condoms are 98% effective. A new condom should be used each time you have sex.
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Emergency Contraception (Morning after pill)
If you had sex and didn't use any type of birth control, you might need emergency contraception.
A woman should only use this type of contraceptive in an emergency. Use it if you didn’t have safe sex — for example, if you didn't use a condom or IUD, or missed a birth control pill.
Also called the ‘morning after pill’ or ‘day after pill’, it’s a type of hormonal contraception.
This type of pill is not the same as an abortion pill. It does not end a woman’s pregnancy, but prevents it. It works by slowing down or preventing ovulation.
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