There are many types of birth control, but the best one is the one that works well for you. There are barrier methods (like condoms), short-term methods (like the pill, patch, or the shot) and long-acting methods like IUDs and implants. Your healthcare provider can help find the right one for you.
Emergency Contraception (EC)
EC can prevent pregnancy after sex, and it works best if you use it as soon as possible–within a few days of having unprotected sex. It’s sometimes called the “morning-after pill” and can be picked up at your pharmacy without seeing a doctor first. There are other types of EC that can be prescribed by your healthcare provider.
Need to confirm if you are (or aren’t) pregnant? Don’t stress. Healthcare providers offer accurate testing and will support you based on the results.
Pregnancy options counseling
If you are pregnant and not sure what to do, your healthcare provider can help. They can talk you through your options, like prenatal care, adoption, or abortion.
Pregnancy and infertility services
When you feel the time is right and you want to get pregnant, your healthcare provider has useful information that may help the process. Also, if you’ve been trying for a while and haven’t gotten pregnant, your healthcare provider can do some tests and refer you to a fertility specialist if needed.
Abortion is a safe and legal way to end a pregnancy. There are two kinds of abortion; an in-clinic procedure or taking the abortion pill. If your clinic does not offer abortions, they can refer you to one that does.
Breast cancer screening
Clinical breast exams are one of the most important things you can do to check for early signs of breast cancer. The earlier a cancer is caught, the easier it is to treat. Your doctor can also refer to mammography if needed.
Pap and HPV tests
A Pap test checks for abnormal cells on your cervix, and an HPV test checks for infection with human papillomavirus, both of which can lead to cervical cancer.
HPV stands for human papillomavirus. It’s the most common sexually transmitted infection. This vaccine can also prevent genital warts, cervical cancer, anal cancer, and some cancers of the head and neck.
Diagnosis and treatment of issues related to your period
If your period is bothering you more than you think it should, talk to your healthcare provider. They can discuss your symptoms, help diagnose any problems, and provide treatment.
Diagnosis and treatment of issues like yeast infections or urinary tract infections (UTIs)
If you feel itching, burning, or other unusual feelings in your genital area, contact your healthcare provider. They can discuss your symptoms regarding your vaginal or urinary health and help diagnose and provide treatment.
Lots of people have STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) and don’t even know it. If you’re sexually active, testing is the only way to find out for sure. You can talk to your healthcare provider about getting testing and treatment for STDs like chlamydia or herpes.
HIV testing and PrEP
Your healthcare provider can test for HIV and counsel you on what to do next if you are diagnosed with HIV. If you are at high risk for HIV, your healthcare provider can discuss and prescribe PrEP, a medicine to prevent HIV.