Semi-permanent birth control options

Minerva Cano, Health Educator for Planned Parenthood, discusses some of the most commonly used semi-permanent birth control options used by young women
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Semi-permanent birth control options

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Some of the semi-permanent birth control methods that are out there, one of them is Implanon. Implanon is a little match-like stick. It is pliable. It goes into the arm. It has to be put into the arm by a doctor or healthcare provider. There are hormones on this particular stick. It goes into the arm and stays in the arm for up to three years to help protect against pregnancy. It does not protect against STDs. It is a method that individuals might like to use for longer term. The other one that we have is the IUD. The IUD comes in two different forms. One of them has the hormone in it and it's called Mirena. It can prevent pregnancy for up to five years. We have another one that is called Paragard. Paragard can prevent pregnancy for up to ten years. Both of these have to be place into the uterus by a healthcare provider or by a doctor. Both of these methods depend on an individual. Some may really like it and some really don't. The thing that is good for longer term is the Paragard. Some people who would benefit from these types of methods is somebody who has already finished having their family. We also see a lot of college age girls who are coming in to get these types of methods, because they are trying to finish their education or go on to grad school, whatever the case may be. It prevents them from having a family until they make that choice.

Minerva Cano, Health Educator for Planned Parenthood, discusses some of the most commonly used semi-permanent birth control options used by young women

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Minerva Cano

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Minerva Cano has served as a Health Educator in the Parent and Adult Program at Planned Parenthood, Los Angeles since 2010. Prior to joining Planned Parenthood, Minerva directed an elementary school family resource center for 10 years. There she helped families obtain the necessary resources for their chlidren to excel in school. 

As a mother of two, Minerva understands the importance of parent-child communication, particularly in the area of sexuality, puberty and relationships. As a memeber of Planned Parenthood's Parent and Adult Health Education team, Minerva and her colleagues work every day to help parents gain the knowledge and confidence they need to engage their children in these important converstations. Through presentations in homes, schools, churches, temples and community oraginizations parents are taught how to answer their children's questions openly and honestly. 
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