Both the hormonal implant and the IUD (intrauterine device) are safe long term birth control options for both healthy teens and adult women. They last for several years, require no daily maintenance, and are very effective at preventing pregnancy. Different states and different clinics have different policies on whether parental consent or notification is required for girls 17 years old and under or whether you can give your own consent. Your health care provider or Planned Parenthood clinic will know what the practices are in your area. If you are 18 or older, parental permission is not required. Ask your health care provider if a long acting birth control would be a good method for you. Remember, both birth control methods do not prevent sexually transmitted infections (STI’s). To prevent STI’s use condoms every time you have sex.
- Hormonal Implants
- Intra-Uterine Devices (IUDs)
- Contraception: Pros and Cons of Different Contraceptive Methods
- I got the bar (birth control implant) put into my arm at the start of the year and since then I’ve had my period 5 times and whenever I don’t have my period I have a brown discharge. It doesn’t smell the greatest, and it’s stressing me out.