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Planned Parenthood Offers Resources and Assistance on Birth Control, Urges Women to Visit Health Centers Nationwide During Week of June 18

New York, NY–(ENEWSPF)–June 14, 2012.  Planned Parenthood is encouraging women to visit Planned Parenthood health centers nationwide the week of June 18 for information and access to birth control.

Patients can receive information about the kind of birth control that’s best for their lives, as well as direct access to affordable birth control.  Some Planned Parenthood health centers will also host special events the week of June 18.

“Birth control is vital for millions of women – it helps us plan for the future and protect our health,” said Dr. Vanessa Cullins, vice president of external medical affairs for Planned Parenthood Federation of America.  “Planned Parenthood health centers provide birth control every day all across the country, and they are redoubling their efforts this month because birth control is under increased attack.  Planned Parenthood was founded on the promise that every woman should have access to birth control, and we’re more committed than ever to fulfilling that promise.”

To help women figure out their short-term and long-term birth control needs, Planned Parenthood has developed a “What’s Your Five-Year Birth Control Plan?” infographic that outlines key questions about career goals, relationship status, and desire to parent for women to consider as they map out their birth control plan.

Women can also use the My Method widget to find out what methods might be right for them, then book an appointment at their local Planned Parenthood health center to discuss their options and get birth control.  Last year, Planned Parenthood health centers provided birth control to more than two million people.

Birth control is not one-size-fits-all.  In thinking about their five-year plan, women should consider whether they prefer a long-acting method that can carry them through several years, or one that can be easily discontinued in the event that they want to become pregnant in the near future.

There are a lot of options for women to choose from.  The pill is one of the most popular methods in the U.S.  An IUD can provide protection for up to 12 years and the ring or shot can provide protection for several weeks or months.  Condoms, which should be used during every sex act every time you have sex, are the only birth control method that can also protect against STDs.

Making a prevention plan doesn’t mean a woman won’t alter her birth control method as her life changes, but it means thinking ahead and considering what methods may be right for her now and in the future.

For more information about contraception or to contact a local health center, visit PlannedParenthood.org.

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Planned Parenthood is the nation’s leading sexual and reproductive health care provider and advocate. We believe that everyone has the right to choose when or whether to have a child, and that every child should be wanted and loved. Planned Parenthood affiliates operate nearly 800 health centers nationwide, providing medical services and sexuality education for millions of women, men, and teenagers each year. We also work with allies worldwide to ensure that all women and men have the right and the means to meet their sexual and reproductive health care needs.

Source: plannedparenthood.org

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