PLANNING FOR SPONTANEITY

Are you looking for a birth control option that allows you to be spontaneous? If so, you may want to consider a product that you keep using regardless of how often you have sex. The pill, patch, ring, injection, implant, and intrauterine device (IUD) are all examples of such products.

The pill is the most commonly used method of reversible birth control amongst sexually active women aged 15-44 years.

To be effective, the pill should be taken every day as directed, which may or may not fit your lifestyle. If the pill isn't for you, there are other effective birth control options that do not require you to do anything on a daily basis. For information about those options, please refer to the chart below. This chart is for informational purposes only. Ask your healthcare provider for further information on the specific use of any of these products. You will receive specific instructions for use if prescribed any of these products.

Birth Control Product Frequency of Use
Pill Taken daily
Patch Applied to skin once a week for 3 weeks; not worn during the fourth week
Ring Inserted in vagina once a month and left in place for 3 weeks; not used during the fourth week
Injection Given once every 3 months
Implant Can stay under skin of upper arm for up to 3 years
IUD Can stay in uterus for 3 to 10 years, depending on the specific IUD used.
Remember: All birth control products must be used consistently as directed to effectively prevent pregnancy.