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Birth Control

What is birth control?

Birth Control is a term used to describe ways to prevent pregnancy. Another word for birth control is “contraception.”

Different types of birth control include medicines, devices, and procedures. Some types of birth control are used by women and other are used by men. Some types need to be used every time a person has sex. Other types can prevent pregnancy for long periods of time. Some types need a doctor’s prescription while others do not.

STDs

Which type of birth control should I choose?

Choosing birth control can be tough, because no birth control is perfect. Your doctor or nurse can help you choose the type that is right for you. To help you make a decision, think about the following:

  • How well it prevents pregnancy—No birth control works 100% effectively all the time, but some prevent pregnancy more than others.
  • How often you have to use it—for example, women who use birth control pills must take them every day.
  • Its cost, ease of use, and side effects or downsides
  • If you want to get pregnant in the future—some types of birth control are permanent, meaning that they prevent you from ever getting pregnant. Other types of birth control prevent pregnancy only for a limited amount of time. After that time, you can still get pregnant.
  • Whether it protects you from infection—Only male and female condoms can reduce your chance of getting certain infections called “STDs” (sexually transmitted diseases).