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Birth Control

Infographic which illustrates that 1 in 20 women become pregnant during their teen years and 77% of those pregnancies are unplanned.

Forty-four percent of all mothers in NM and 71% of teen mothers report that their pregnancy was unintended or mistimed. By receiving a broad range of family planning and related health services through the NM Family Planning Program, women of reproductive age can choose when they want to have a child.

Without protection, couples who regularly have sex have an 85% chance of getting pregnant within a year. Using a birth control method can help you follow your RLP.


This page provides comprehensive information on the various birth control methods available.

What kind of birth control is best for you? Do you want a birth control method that you:

  • Take every day or change out every week/month; or
  • You receive at a clinic every few months; or
  • You receive at a clinic every few/several years?

Visit the Birth Control Explorer web page for a whole bunch of great info about all the different birth control options.

Most Effective

The most-effective Birth Control Methods include the following:

  • Implant — A small plastic rod that goes in a woman’s upper arm; it’s good for up to three years.
  • Intra-Uterine Devices (IUD) — A t-shaped device that is placed by a clinician into a woman’s uterus. All IUDs keep sperm from reaching a woman’s eggs and can stay in the body for 3-10 years.

Moderately Effective

Birth control methods that are moderately-effective include the following:

  • Shot — Women need a new shot once every 3 months.
  • Pills — Women need to take at about the same time every day.
  • Ring — A small, bendable plastic ring placed in the vagina. Leave it in for 3 weeks, take it out the 4th week.

Please visit the Whoops Proof website for great info on birth control methods.



Learn More

The clinic locator to the left allows you to search by city/state or zip code to find family planning services near you that offers low-cost or no-cost birth control options. If you can't find a clinic or can't find the answer to your question, call 505-476-8882.