Other Hormonal Contraceptive Methods

Posted On: September 24, 2010

What Is the Birth Control Patch?

The birth control patch is a thin, beige, plastic patch that sticks to the skin. It is used to prevent pregnancy. A new patch is placed on the skin once a week for three weeks in a row, followed by a patch-free week. The birth control patch is commonly called Ortho Evra, its brand name.

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What Is NuvaRing, the Birth Control Vaginal Ring?

The vaginal ring is a small, flexible ring a woman inserts into her vagina once a month to prevent pregnancy. It is left in place for three weeks and taken out for the remaining week each month. The vaginal ring is commonly called NuvaRing, its brand name.

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What Is Implanon, the Birth Control Implant?

Implanon is a thin, flexible plastic implant about the size of a cardboard matchstick. It is inserted under the skin of the upper arm. It protects against pregnancy for up to three years.

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