WASHINGTON — carafem, a reproductive health center and specialty abortion clinic reduces barrier to birth control, providing the latest customized options.
According to a national survey, over 50% of young men and 25% of young women received low scores on contraceptive knowledge – 6 in 10 underestimated the effectiveness of oral contraceptives.
“Many people don’t realize all of the options they have when it comes to birth control. And some of those options might make their lives simpler and safer,” says Melissa Grant, VP at carafem. “Something that works for one person might not work for another. That’s why we offer a number of different birth control methods and work to dispel myths and decrease barriers to these choices. IUDs, implants and other long acting, 100% reversible methods may be influenced by myths or waiting periods imposed on these methods. Our goal is to make this process much easier. Most of these methods are available at carafem without the need for a pelvic exam and can be started at the time of a first visit.”
Here’s the latest:
1. The copper IUD, or ParaGard. An invisible friend! A hormone-free birth control option that’s inserted into the uterus by a clinician and can last up to 12-years. This method can be started at any time in the menstrual cycle and can even work to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex. IUDs can be removed at any time in order to plan for a pregnancy when the time feels right.
2. A hormonal IUD, like Mirena, Skyla or Liletta. Like the copper IUD, this tiny, 100% reversible device is easily placed in the uterus and omits a small dose of hormones to prevent pregnancy. Most people experience very light or even no period when using IUDs, with less cramping, tampons and more flexibility for those who previously had long or painful periods.
3. The birth control implant, a.k.a. Nexplanon. This neat little device is about the size of a matchstick and inserted under the skin of the bicep in the upper arm. It’s quick, easy, and almost invisible and can be removed any time or left in place as long as 4-years.
4. The birth control shot, Depo-Provera. A shot of hormones is given in the arm or hip that prevents pregnancy for 3- months each time it’s received. This very private shot can decrease or eliminate a monthly period with no sign of the injection after it is given.
5. Oral contraception/birth control pills! A great option for preventing pregnancy, but, the pill must be taken at the same time, every day, to be most effective. There are many types to choose from so most people can find one that works well for them and it may even decrease acne and heavy monthly periods.
6. Condoms. The old go-to and still the best way to prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs.) Condoms play nicely with all the above birth control options and should be used with methods #1-5 to prevent infections. It’s the safest way to go!
“carafem offers highly effective birth control options based on individual needs,” adds Grant. “Contact us by phone, chat or come in for a visit to explore the best option for you. We see most people for a consultation within an hour or less.”
carafem provides convenient, modern, and professional abortion care as well as customized birth control options so women can control the number and spacing of their children. carafem is changing the environment of abortion care by making its services and information accessible, understandable, and supportive. carafem currently operates in Washington DC, and Atlanta, GA.