Contraception / Birth Control

What is contraception?

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

What are some methods of contraception?

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

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 to her health care provider about her choice of birth control method.

It is important to remember that even though all these methods can prevent pregnancy, condoms are the only method that can protect against sexually transmitted diseases or HIV.

Read more on this topic at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

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