Quick Start Birth Control & Family Planning

To Fit Your Lifestyle and Needs
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Birth Control Options

Many of the birth control methods we prescribe are available through our on-site prescription dispensing service, often at prices that are much lower than retail pharmacies. You will meet with a health educator who will go over all your options to figure out what is best for you.

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Quick Start Birth Control Options

Birth Control pills

  • Taken daily, will help prevent pregnancy
  • The Birth control pill works by emitting naturally occurring hormones that stop sperm from fertilizing an egg during ovulation
  • The hormones all thicken the cervix mucus, which makes it difficult for the sperm to get to an egg

Depo-Provera (birth control shot)

  • One shot every three months provides on-going pregnancy prevention
  • Requires a short office visit for the injection (shot)
  • The shot contains progestin, which prevents ovulation and thickens cervical mucus 

The Patch and the NuvaRing

  • Pregnancy prevention for a month at a time
  • After an examination, patients will receive a prescription
  • NuvaRing releases progestin and estrogen, which work in tandem to suppress ovulation
  • NuvaRing is worn for three weeks at a time, removed for one week to allow menstruation, and then a new ring is used
  • The Birth Control Patch also releases hormones that prevents ovulation and thickens cervical mucus
  • The Birth Control Patch is worn one week at a time for three weeks, not worn during the fourth week to allow menstruation, and then the cycle is repeated

IUD & Implant (LARC)

  • Mirena IUD: A hormone-releasing (levonorgestrel) IUD (intrauterine device) placed in your uterus to prevent pregnancy for as long as you want for up to 5 years
  • Paragard IUD: A non-hormonal copper IUD placed in your uterus to prevent pregnancy for as long as you want up to 10 years
  • Nexplanon: A hormone-releasing (etonogestrel) implant that is placed under the skin of your upper arm to prevent pregnancy for as long as you want for up to 3 years

Condoms and Foam

  • Used by you and your partner every time you have sex

Emergency Contraception

  • Also called Plan B or the Morning After Pill
  • A second chance at preventing pregnancy
  • Most effective within 72 hours but can be taken up to 5 days after unprotected sex

Quick Start Birth Control, to Fit Your Lifestyle and Personal Needs

Family planning includes not only birth control, but also screening services that help find serious health problems, such as low blood iron, high blood pressure, and infections sooner.

Our fees are lower than any other family planning center around. Northland is a certified Healthy Michigan Provider — a program where eligible Michigan citizens can get free birth control.


Call us! We’d love to have a conversation with you as you plan choices for your reproductive health.