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Contraception

Contraception, also known as birth control, is designed to prevent pregnancy.

Methods of Contraception

There are several general methods of birth control, including (but not limited to):

    * Barrier methods, such as condoms, the female condom, the diaphragm, the sponge, and the cervical cap, designed to prevent the sperm from entering the uterus.
   
    * Hormonal birth control, such as birth control pills, injections, skin patches, and vaginal rings, release hormones into a woman’s body that work by preventing ovulation.
   
    * Intrauterine device, or IUD, is a small device that is inserted into the uterus by a health care provider. The IUD is more than 99 percent effective at preventing pregnancy. An IUD can stay inside the uterus for up to 10 years until a health care provider removes it.

   * Sterilization is a method that permanently prevents a woman from getting pregnant or a man from being able to get a woman pregnant. Sterilization involves surgical procedures that must be done by a health care provider and most often cannot be reversed.

The choice of birth control depends on factors such as a person's overall health, age, frequency of sexual activity, number of sexual partners, desire to have children in the future, and family history of certain diseases.

A woman should talk with her health care provider about her choice of a birth control method that best suits her needs.

For the "pill verses depo-provera" article, go there...

For an article on the correct way to put on a male condom (because every sexually active woman should know how to), go there...

For more info about the pill, go there...

For info on using the female condom, click...

For additional benefits of birth control pills, go there...

Need info about the sponge? go there...

For info about the NuvaRing®, go there...

Need info on the IUD Mirena?

For information about Plan B®, should your method of birth control fail, go there...



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