Birth control is a safe and easy way to prevent pregnancy.

Some types of birth control can also help treat certain health problems or provide other health benefits — like making periods lighter and less painful.

There are lots of different birth control methods that work in different ways. It’s important to find the right one for you.

How well does birth control work?

The Implant
Works, hassle-free, for up to…3 Years3 Years5 Years12 YearsForever
The PillThe PatchThe RingThe Shot
For it to work best, use it…Every. Single. Day.Every WeekEvery MonthEvery 3 Months
Pulling OutDiaphragmFertility AwarenessCondoms
(Internal + External)
For each of these methods to work, you or your partner have to use it every single time you have sex.
This chart is modeled after + 
The Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health's birth control chart.
Download a copy of their fact sheet here

99% of sexually active women have used some form of birth control or contraception in their lifetime.

(CDC, 2013)

Frequently Asked Questions

Is birth control expensive?

Most birth control methods are available either free or low-cost.

Our partner organization Take Control Initiative actually sponsors free long acting birth control options for folks in our community. They will even get you a ride to the clinic!

Find out more information here.

Is birth control safe?

All FDA-approved birth control methods have gone through extensive research showing they are safe to use and effective at preventing pregnancy. Some even have other benefits, like making your periods shorter, giving you periods with less cramping, and improving acne.

What about condoms?

Condoms are great and can be used along with any other method of birth control!

Condoms protect against STIs, don’t require a prescription, and are inexpensive or free.

You can receive free condoms at any Tulsa Health Department location.

Visit our Find a Clinic page to see your nearest location.

Do my parents have to know about the appointment?

Youth 19 and under can receive confidential sexual and reproductive health care at all of our partner clinics.

Whether you’re looking for birth control, condoms, or STI testing, you can probably get it for free and confidentially.

Amplify Tulsa
Can it be confidential?

Visit our Find a Clinic page to see your nearest location for confidential clinic services.

Join The Conversation

Get the latest and greatest news about youth health in Tulsa and Oklahoma! We promise not to overload your inbox. We will just send the good stuff.