BIRTH CONTROL PILLS

Birth Control Pills

Access Esperanza Clinics offer several name brands of the daily birth control pill. Some people call it “oral contraception” or “the pill.”

 

There are combination pills that use estrogen and progestin to prevent ovulation as well as progestin-only pills. Combination pills come with a week of placebos so that you can have your period, while progestin-only allow you skip it altogether (which is totally safe).

We can provide up to a year of birth control pills at a time.

 

 

Birth Control Pills (estrogen and progestin)
How The Pill Works:
• Stops egg from leaving the ovary.
• Changes uterus lining so that a fertilized egg may not implant.
• Prevents sperm from reaching the egg.

How The Pill Is Used:
• A pill is taken every day at the same time each day.
• See your clinician if you have severe abdominal pain, chest pain, headache, shortness of breath, changes in vision, or severe leg pain.

Advantages:
• Easy to use and very effective.
• Do not have to interrupt sex.
• No loss in fertility after pills are stopped.
• Periods are usually lighter, more regular and have less cramping.
• May improve acne.
• Some pills, when used as directed, can allow you not to have a period for several months.

Possible Problems or Disadvantages:
• No protection against STIs and HIV/AIDS
• Must get pills from a clinician.
• Not all women can take the pill.
• Must remember to take a pill every day.
• May have nausea at first.
• May have weight gain, headaches, breast discomfort, depression, or loss in sex.
• May miss periods or have irregular bleeding.
• Skin on face may darken (like sometimes in pregnancy).
• May not produce as much milk if breastfeeding.
• May get high blood pressure or blood clots (Rare).
• May not be a good choice for women who have had breast cancer, liver disease, stroke, diabetes or blood clots.
• Heart attack (Rare)
• Liver tumors (Rare)

What are the side effects?
• You may have headaches or symptoms that usually clear up in 2 or 3 months:
o Nausea
o Sore breasts
o Spotting between periods
o Some women take the pill every day to avoid periods. Spotting or bleeding the first 6 months between periods is normal. It may lessen or completely stop over time.

How Well Does It Prevent Pregnancy?
With typical use, 8 out of 100 women will get pregnant in a year while using the pill.

Birth Control Methods
  • Abstinence
  • Fertility Awareness
  • Withdrawal (“Pulling Out”)
  • Lactational Amenorrhea Method (LAM)

Access Esperanza Clinics offers:

  • Free Condoms
  • The Shot
  • The Ring
  • The Patch
  • The Pill
  • The Implant
  • The IUD
  • Emergency Contraceptive (“Plan B”)

NEED BIRTH CONTROL?

Contact us and ask how we can help!

At Access Esperanza Clinics, we offer opportunities and hope for people to plan their futures and stay healthy. You can count on us for quality, affordable, and confidential care at all of our Health Clinics.

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You may qualify for free or low-cost services 

If you are concerned about your ability to pay for services, you may qualify for one of our programs that would pay all or most of your services. Each program has its own set of eligibility. Our clinic staff can check your eligibility, help you apply, and provide you with services all on the same day.

We offer programs that can help pay some or all of the cost of your family planning and preventive health services. Our clinic staff can check your eligibility, help you apply, and provide you with services all on the same day. Programs are for female and male adults and teens in their reproductive years. Eligibility is based on your age, household income (you and, if married, your spouse), and family size. Some programs have additional eligibility requirements. You do not have to be a U.S. citizen or have legal residency to qualify. 

To apply for for a funding program, please bring the following documents with you when you come to our clinic: 

  1. Proof of Household Income – Bring any/all you have:
  • Family member’s Children’s Medicaid card, with date of enrollment
  • WIC, TANF or Food Stamp approval letter, dated
  • 2 paystubs within 60 days
  • FAFSA (student federal aid application)
  • Award notice, letter, or written statements from Social Security Administration
  • Form H1028: Employment verification (to be completed by your employer)

AND

  • Photo ID- Texas Driver’s License, Texas ID card, work or school ID card with photo

AND

If you are an adult female and a U.S. citizen or Permanent U.S. Resident, also bring

  •  U.S. birth certificate, passport, passport card
  • Certificate of U.S. naturalization
  • Religious record of birth with date and place of birth, such as baptism record
  •  I-551 card (permanent resident card)
  • Social Security Cards for you, your spouse, and your children 

Household Income (You and Your Spouse) to Qualify for Free Services               

Household Size   Monthly Maximum
1 $2,603
2 $3,523
3 $4,444
4 $5,365
5 $6,286
6 $7,207