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Contraceptives

The following direct services are available:

Abstinence or postponement of sexual activity: We support and encourage those who choose not to be sexually active.

Oral contraceptives or birth control pills : We carry many different brands of pills; or if you have insurance that covers contraception, we will be happy to provide you with a prescription to take to your preferred pharmacy after your exam.

Diaphragm and cervical caps: These are both barrier methods of birth control which are inserted before intercourse.

Condoms: A condom is a barrier method that also protects against many STDs. It should be used with spermicide to prevent pregnancy.

Depo-Provera: “The shot” is given every three months. It is convenient and very effective.

Hormonal implant: Nexplanon, formerly known as Implanon, is a small rod that is inserted under the skin of the upper arm. It is considered to be very effective and lasts for three years.

Intrauterine device: There are currently four types of intrauterine devices (IUDs) in this country. The FCPH Clinic carries three of the four. The Copper T 380A, also known as the Paragard IUD, lasts for 10 years, acts as a spermicide within the uterus, and is ideal for women who prefer a nonhormonal method. The Mirena lasts five years and has been FDA approved for treatment of heavy periods. Both IUDs can be removed if a pregnancy is desired prior to the expiriation date. The newest IUD available at the FCPH Clinic is Liletta.

NuvaRing: Is a comfortable, flexible contraceptive ring that is about two inches in diameter and used to prevent pregnancy. You insert NuvaRing into your vagina once a month. NuvaRing stays in place for three weeks. During that time it will slowly release a low dose of hormones that are needed to prevent pregnancy.

Natural Family Planning: We do not offer natural family planning directly but do offer referral to instructors in the area. This method requires both partners to actively participate.

Sterilization: Tubal ligations and vasectomy services are not provided at Fargo Cass Public Health.

Emergency contraception pills: Provided up to five days after intercourse, but is best taken within three days, (72 hours), after unprotected intercourse. It decreases the chance of unintended pregnancy up to 89%; but is not intended to be used as a regular form of birth control. Emergency contraception pills are offered when a condom breaks, a pill is missed, or other times where there is a higher risk for an unplanned pregnancy.