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Lafene Health Center

Contraception: Options and Obtaining

Steps to obtaining a form of birth control

An appointment can be made by:
    • Calling Lafene at 785.532.6544 
    • *Note: An appointment must be made to discuss or review birth control options prior to a prescription is given

Confidential counseling and an educational session are offered to all students prior to obtaining a desired form of birth control. Contraceptive methods may be obtained at this visit. Some contraceptive methods can be used to skip your period. A preliminary examination is completed at the initial visit which includes: height, weight, blood pressure, a brief health history, and laboratory work when necessary. The well-woman physical examination follows which includes: breast exam, pelvic exam, pap smear (when indicated), gonorrhea and chlamydia screening when necessary. HIV testing is also available with same day results.

Plan B emergency contraception is now available over-the-counter.

Combined contraceptives:

Internet resources:

Menu of Contraceptive Options
Effectiveness
(Typical Use)

1. Implant - It is inserted into your arm by a healthcare provider and lasts up to 3 years, although you can have it removed sooner. Periods are usually lighter and less painful. It does not protect against STDs. 

 

>99%

2. Hormonal IUD - Is it inserted into the uterus by a healthcare provider and lasts up to 5 years, although you can have it removed sooner. Periods are generally lighter and less painful. It does not protect against STDs.

 

>99%

3. Copper IUD - It is inserted into the uterus by a healthcare provider and lasts up to 10 years, although you can have it removed sooner. It does not protect against STDs. 

 

>99%

4. Birth Control Shot - The shot is given by a healthcare professional every 3 months. Periods are generally lighter and less painful. The shot does not protect against STDs. 

 

~94%

5. Pills (Oral Contraceptives) - The pill must be taken at approximately the same time every day. Periods may become lighter and less painful. The pill does not protect against STDs. 

 

~91%

6. Patch - The patch is applied to the skin 1 time per week for 3 weeks, and then it is removed for 1 week allowing for a period. Periods are generally lighter and less painful. The patch does not protect against STDs. 

 

~91%

7. Vaginal Ring - The vaginal ring is inserted into the vagina for 4 weeks. After that, it is removed for 1 week allowing for a period. Periods are generally lighter and less painful. The vaginal ring does not protect against STDs. 

 

~91%

8. Progestin-only Pills (POPs) - The pill must be taken at the same time every day. You may experience irregular bleeding, spotting or no period at all. The pill does not protect against STDs. 

 

~91%

9. Condom - The male condom is applied onto the penis just before sex. A new one must be used for every sexual encounter to provide protection against pregnancy and STDs.

 

82%

10. Emergency Contraception - Emergency contraception can help prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex or contraceptive failure. It comes in the form of a pill or the copper IUD. The pill can be taken up to 5 days after unprotected sex and the copper IUD can be placed up to 5 days after unprotected sex. It does not replace the consistent use of contraception. It does not protect against STDs.

 

 

 

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