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02.28.07

Birth Control Options

Women today have many effective ways to prevent pregnancy, but some are easier than others.

Noelle Gardner looks at a couple "get it and forget it" options.

31-year-old Yessenia Matos is a busy mother of two.. Who isn't planning to have more children.

She's thought carefully about what she needs in a contraceptive and says, "Is it easy? would I remember? um, how sure is it that I won't come up pregnant?"

Doctor Joshua Holden says there are birth control choices to fit every woman's lifestyle, "There's basically hormonal which are pills, injectibles, implants, rings, patches. And then non-hormonals which are condoms, the IUD, the diaphragm."

Among the newest hormonal choices Implanon.

It's small synthetic rod containing progesterone that's implanted under the skin on the arm.

Doctor Holden says, "It is good for up to 3 years and at that point a woman would have to get it removed and then another one inserted."

And there's an old item that's come back into vogue- the intrauterine device or IUD.

Doctor Holden says, "There's been a lot of recent evidence that a lot of the fears with IUD were really unfounded."

Paragard is a hormone-free IUD. It frees women from thinking about contraception for as long as ten years.

Doctor Holden says, "There are a lot of new things on the market that make contraception much easier than remembering to take a pill everyday or having side effects from you know hormones and things like that."

Yessenia says, "Read, do your homework and see what's best for you."

Talk to your doctor to find out what's new.

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