Redfern Health Center

Birth Control

The Women's Clinic is able to assist you with the majority of your birth control needs. If you are seeking a prescription for birth control for the first time, the clinic staff can assist you in deciding which method will work best for your lifestyle. If you have a problem concerning your birth control, our staff can help provide you with a solution to get you back on track. There are several different methods of birth control available through Redfern. A prescription for the majority of these can be obtained from the Women's Clinic, and most can be filled through the Redfern Pharmacy at cost-effective, competitive prices. Listed below are the methods of birth control that are available through the Women's Clinic.

Birth control methods

  • Condom
  • NuvaRing
  • Oral Contraceptive Pill (numerous name brands and generics available)
  • Ortho Evra


Free condoms, donated by AID Upstate, are provided in the waiting rooms, exam rooms, pharmacy and other areas in Redfern Health Center. A variety of condoms are available at reduced cost in the pharmacy, and the Women’s Clinic can write prescriptions for most birth control methods.


NuvaRing is a combined hormonal (containing progestogen and estrogen) vaginal ring that is placed, by the user, intravaginally on a monthly basis. The hormones it contains are released into the vagina gradually and on a continuum. The NuvaRing is very easy to use and extremely convenient for the user since the NuvaRing is self-administered every three to four weeks.

Oral Contraceptive Pill

The Oral Contraceptive Pill (OCP) is a very common form of birth control. There are two types of OCP: the combined OCP, which contains estrogen and progesterone, and the progesterone-only pill. Both of these types of OCP are taken once a day and are available in many brands. If you are considering taking an OCP you should talk with your practitioner to determine which OCP is the best fit for you.

Ortho Evra

Ortho Evra is commonly known as “the patch.” It is a small, adhesive patch that releases combined hormones (progesterone and estrogen) through the pores in the skin. The Ortho Evra patch is applied to the skin in a designated area weekly for a total of three weeks.