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.
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