New Birth-Control Options
Ready for sex, but not for another baby? The FDA has approved some new forms of contraception.
Implanon is a rod that's implanted under the skin of the upper arm, where for three years it releases progestin.
Two new birth-control pills with estrogen and progestin have also hit the market: Loestrin 24 Fe and YAZ. Both have 24 days of active pills (instead of 21 active and 7 inactive), which allows for shorter periods and may even reduce side effects.
Finally, Seasonique (a variation on Seasonale, which gives you a period every 84 days) replaces the inactive pills with low-dose estrogen so your hormones won't plummet during the off week.