Women's birth control methods: hormones and barriers

What are women's birth control methods?

  • Women's birth control (contraceptive) methods are usually made up of hormones that keeps her own hormones at a certain but low concentration. When this happens, a woman's body does not receive a signal to release an egg (ovulate). If a woman does not release an egg (ovulate), she cannot get pregnant.
  • There are many methods that contain hormones the pills, the patch, the ring, the shot, and the IUD.
  • Some birth control (contraceptive) methods act as barriers, like female condoms, caps, diaphragms, and some IUDs.
  • Only female and male condoms protect against both pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.

As a male, how can I help my partner?

  • A female can get birth control from her doctor, from a family planning clinic, or a Planned Parenthood. You can find out where she can go and support her, if you can, by going with her.
  • One way young men show they care about the health of others is informing them of services in the community. If your partner is male, tell him about the YMC. If your partner is female, tell her about our Family Planning Clinic. At the Family Planning Clinic women can get contraception (birth control), pregnancy tests, STI and HIV testing and treatment, and other women's health services like Pap tests and gynecologic exams. The Family Planning Clinic is located at the same place as the YMC: 21 Audubon Avenue, first floor.
  • The Family Planning Clinic meets on the following days and hours:
  • Monday 8:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. Tuesday 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. Wednesday 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. Thursday 8:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
  • Learn about how safe birth control is so you can support her as well.
  • Sometimes there are side effects. If your partner stops using a method because of side effects, the man can use condoms to prevent pregnancy.