Birth Control

Birth control, also known as contraception, refers to any activity, medication, or equipment used to prevent pregnancy. Learn more ›

Top Forms of Birth Control

Did you know that unintended pregnancies account for nearly half of all pregnancies in the United States? If the time isn't right for you to get pregnant, you can rest assured that there are many options for sexually active women who aren't ready for or don't wish to have children.

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Contraception / Birth Control

Birth control refers to any activity, medication, or equipment used to prevent pregnancy. There are many types of birth control available for women who do not wish to become pregnant. The decision on which method is right for you should be made with your physician, as well as with your partner.

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Birth Control: The Pill

Birth control pills contain hormones that help prevent pregnancy. The hormones stop the ovaries from releasing a mature egg. The pills are prescribed by your healthcare provider. There are many types of birth control pills available. If you have side effects from one type of pill, tell your healthcare provider. He or she may be able to prescribe a pill that works better for you.

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Birth Control: Condoms

A condom is a sheath that forms a barrier between the penis and the vagina. Condoms can be used alone or with other forms of birth control to provide protection against pregnancy. Latex condoms are the only form of birth control that protects against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

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IUD (Intrauterine Device)

An intrauterine device (IUD) is a small T-shaped device. It is placed in the uterus by your healthcare provider. The IUD prevents pregnancy by changing the environment inside the uterus. There are 2 types of IUDs: Hormone-releasing IUDs and hormone-free IUDs. Your healthcare provider can talk to you about which type is best for you.

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Birth Control: Time-Release Hormones

Certain hormones can help prevent pregnancy. Hormones like the ones used in birth control pills can be taken in other forms. These must be prescribed by your healthcare provider. Because there’s very little for you to do, you may find one of these methods easier to stick to than pills. Side effects for this method will vary depending on the type of time-release hormone you use. Talk to your healthcare provider for more information.

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