2 Categories of Birth Control


Hormonal
TypeMethodFrequencyAdministration
Oral (Pill)OralDailySelf
PatchTransdermalWeeklySelf
Vaginal RingVaginalMonthlySelf
InjectionInjectableEvery 3 MonthsHealth Care Professional
ImplantImplantableEvery 3 YearsHealth Care Professional
Intrauterine DeviceIntrauterineEvery 3-5 yearsHealth Care Professional



Non-Hormonal
Type
MethodFrequencyAdministration
SpongeVaginal

Up to 24 hours before sex

& for 6 hours after sex

Self
DiaphragmVaginalEvery time before sexSelf
SpermicideVaginalEvery time before sexSelf
Cervical CapVaginalEvery time before sexSelf
Female CondomVaginalEvery time before sexSelf
Male CondomVaginalEvery time before sexSelf
Intrauterine DeviceIntrauterineEvery 10 YearsHealth Care Professional




LARC (Long-Acting Reversible Contraception)

ACOG states "Long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) methods include the intrauterine device (IUD) and the birth control implant. Both methods are highly effective in preventing pregnancy, last for several years, and are easy to use. Both are reversible—if you want to become pregnant or if you want to stop using them, you can have them removed at any time." Each of the below links explain effectiveness, comparisons, benefits, what each device/system is exactly, how each is used along with sides effects and/or risks. Being informed is the best tool to make decisions. 

 

AFMC, ACOG, CDC and many other organizations support LARC. There is information on each of their websites regarding LARC and we have also attached a brochure, video and links to each of their sites for you to review. Please check out this information to help you make an informed decision by clicking below on the line of description.

AFMC (Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care) with Video
ACOG (The Amerian Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologist) 
CDC (Centers for Disease Control)
AFMC Brochure on LARC



The Center for Women
628 Hospital Drive, Ste. 2A
Mountain Home, AR 72653
(870) 425-7300
(870) 425-4431 fax
www.TheCenterForWomen.net




​Contraceptives


There are many methods of contraception that are available to you. While contraception is primarily used to prevent pregnancy, it also provides a variety of additional benefits. Those benefits can improve such clinical diagnosis of:

*Acne

*Endometriosis

*Polycystic ovary syndrome

*Migraines

*Painful periods

*Heavy bleeding

*Anemia 


Your clinician can help decide which method is best for you. The many options that are available to you are listed in the charts below.