If you are traveling abroad for any extended length of time, getting your supplies for birth control can be a challenge. Getting and carrying months’ worth of birth control pills, vaginal rings or patches can be expensive and hard to get all at once.
IUD's can last up to 8 years. The subdermal implants (Nexplanon) can last for 3 years. Depo Provera shots need to be given every 3 months. These are all great forms of birth control but what if you want to stop your birth control or change to another method? For the shot – you can just not get the next one. But for IUDs and Nexplanon, you need a clinician to remove them.
What if there was a reversible, long acting form of birth control that you could control? Something that would last a year. That you can insert and remove yourself? Ok, you knew where I was going with this. There is!
The FDA just approved Annovera, the first in a new class of contraceptives. It is a soft, reusable flexible silicone ring about 2 inches in diameter that can be inserted and removed by a woman herself. Left in place for 21 days and removed for 7 days, it is indicated to prevent pregnancy for up to a year and does not require refrigeration.
Talk to your health care provider to see if Annovera might be a great choice for you especially if you will be traveling for a long period of time.