Contraception / Birth Control

Healthy Woman - Contraception / Birth Control

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What is 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 health care provider, as well as with your partner.

Birth control methods work in different ways to prevent pregnancy, including:

What are the different types of birth control?

Some methods that do not require a prescription from your health care provider include:

Some methods that require a visit to your health care provider for an examination and a prescription include:

Surgery that results in the inability to become pregnant includes:

Methods that have been suggested as preventive, but may actually present a high risk for pregnancy include:

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