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Birth Control

Choose a birth control method that works for you. Know your options and pick one that fits your lifestyle.

There are many safe and effective methods that you can use to prevent pregnancy. Without birth control, more than 8 in 10 sexually active women will get pregnant.

Condoms are the only birth control method that helps prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV. Use a condom and another birth control method every time you have sex to prevent pregnancy and STIs.

If you are at risk for exposure to HIV, learn about PEP and PrEP.

Are you an NYC family planning provider? Learn about resources.

When can I start using birth control?

You can start or switch at any time, including any time during your menstrual cycle, and right after giving birth or having an abortion.

Where can I get it?

You can get birth control at health centers, family planning clinics or through your health care provider. Health centers and family planning clinics also provide free condoms. Teens do not need permission to get birth control and other sexual health services. Call 311 to find out where to get free or low-cost birth control. For teen-accessible clinics, download the Teens in NYC app, for iOS and Android.

How much will I have to pay for birth control?

Many health care providers offer birth control for free or at low cost. Under the Affordable Care Act, health insurance plans are required to cover birth control with no copay – check with your insurance to see what’s covered. You may also be eligible for the Medicaid Family Planning Benefit Program, a public health insurance program for New Yorkers that pays for family planning services. Call 1-800-541-2831 to find a place to enroll.

What if I decide I want to get pregnant?

No birth control method will stop you from being able to get pregnant in the future, except female sterilization, which is permanent. With most methods, you could get pregnant right away once you stop using them. When you stop using the shot, though, it may take several months or longer to get pregnant.

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