Methods We Cover

Finding the right birth control can feel overwhelming, especially with dozens of types to choose from. Together with our partners, we can help you find the method that’s right for you, whether it’s a pill, IUD, or implant.

LARCs (long-acting reversible contraceptives)

LARCs are a category of birth control that provides effective contraception for an extended period without much thinking on your part. Some methods include intrauterine devices (IUDs) and sub-dermal (under the skin) arm implants that provide contraception for years. LARCs are entirely reversible and some of the most effective methods out there: typically, less than 1% of women become pregnant on a LARC.

Learn more about different LARCs below or download our PDF with detailed information about each device.

A soft, flexible piece of plastic that releases small amounts of hormones to prevent pregnancy; lasts 3-6 years depending on device; 99% effective
Hormonal IUD
A small hormone-free device with a copper coating that acts as a natural sperm repellent; lasts up to 10 years; 99% effective
Non-Hormonal IUD
A matchstick-sized plastic rod inserted under your skin in the arm that releases a small amount of pregnancy preventing hormones; lasts up to 3 years; 99% effective
Implant

Short-Acting Oral Contraceptives

Short-acting oral contraceptives are a very effective form of pregnancy prevention that needs to be taken on a daily, basis.

Taking the pill requires you to think about taking them every day at the same time. They are also reversible, meaning once you stop using them the contraceptive effect wears off quickly and women can become pregnant as quickly as those ones who have used no contraceptive at all.

Oral tablets that have to be taken every day at the same time; release the hormones progestin and estrogen to prevent pregnancy
Combination Pill*
Oral tablets that have to be taken every day at the same time, with no break between packs; these pills only contain a progestin hormone, making them ideal for women who cannot take estrogen-containing options.
Progestin Only Pill*
* Not ALL brands are covered by A Step Ahead Chattanooga.
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