Oct 02, 2023

Birth Control Options with Planned Parenthood Direct

Illustration of Planned Parenthood Direct services including birth control, the morning after pill, and uti treatment

So, you want to explore your birth control options using Planned Parenthood Direct and aren’t sure where to start. Luckily, birth control is as easy as 1-2-3 with the Planned Parenthood Direct app. While we are continuously working to add new contraception forms through the app, we currently offer birth control pills, patch, and ring. Keep reading to learn a little more about each method. 

The Pill 

There are two types of birth control pills - combination pills and progestin-only (or mini) pills. Combination pills contain estrogen and progestin, while mini-pills only contain progestin. Both pills work by thickening the cervical mucus and thinning the uterine lining to make it difficult for sperm to reach and fertilize an egg. Combination pills also prevent your ovaries from releasing eggs. 

The pill works best when you take it at the same time every day. We recommend using a period tracker app like SpotOn to help you remember when you take your pill. With typical use, they’re 93% effective. 

The Patch 

The transdermal contraceptive patch is a safe and convenient birth control method. This thin, adhesive square should be placed on your back, upper arm, butt, or stomach to deliver estrogen and progestin through the skin and stop ovulation. You have to change the patch at the same time every week, and it’s 93% effective with normal use. Two popular brands of the birth control patch include Xulane and Twirla.  

The Ring 

A vaginal ring is a small flexible, plastic ring you insert into your vagina once a month. This method releases the hormones progestin and estrogen 24/7 to prevent pregnancy and is 93% effective. Popular brands include NuvaRing and Annovera.  

Ready to get started? Download our app to find what works for you.  

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