Birth Control

Whether you’re a man or woman, understanding your birth control options is important when you want to prevent pregnancy, start trying to become pregnant, or space your pregnancies. Choosing birth control that fits your life will give you the best protection because you’ll be more likely to use it correctly and consistently. Talk to your health care provider about the method of birth control that’s right for you.

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A hormone pill taken every day to prevent pregnancy.

Pregnancy protection: 91%*

STI Protection: No

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*with typical use

A hormone (progestin) injection given to help prevent pregnancy.

Pregnancy protection: 94%*

STI Protection: No

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*with typical use

A thin covering that fits over a hard (erect) penis to prevent pregnancy and STIs.

Pregnancy protection: 82%*

STI Protection: Yes

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*with typical use

A pill or IUD that is used if you've had unprotected sex or are not sure if you are protected from pregnancy.

Pregnancy protection: IUD: 99%*, Pill: 50-90%*

STI Protection: No

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*with typical use

A type of hormonal birth control that you wear on your skin.

Pregnancy protection: 91%*

STI Protection: No

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*with typical use

A small, soft, T-shaped device that is put in the uterus by a healthcare provider to help prevent pregnancy. Can be a copper (IUD) or hormonal (IUS) type.

Pregnancy protection: 99%*

STI Protection: No

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*with typical use

A flexible latex or silicon disc that is put in the vagina and used with a spermicidal gel.

Pregnancy protection: 84%*

STI Protection: No

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*with typical use

A clear plastic ring that is put in a vagina to prevent pregnancy.

Pregnancy protection: 91%*

STI Protection: No

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*with typical use