Birth control is any method used to prevent pregnancy. Another word for
birth control is contraception.
If you have sex without birth
control, there is a chance that you could get pregnant. This is true even if
you have not started having periods yet or you are getting close to
The only sure way to prevent pregnancy is to not have
sex. But finding a good method of birth control that you are
comfortable with can help you avoid an unplanned pregnancy.
Be sure to tell your doctor about any health problems you have or
medicines you take. He or she can help you choose the birth control method that
is right for you.
There are many different kinds of birth control. Each has pros and cons.
Learning about all the methods will help you find one that is right for
best method of birth control is one that protects you every time you have sex.
This usually depends on how well you use it. To find a method that will
work best for you, think about:
Go to https://www.healthwise.net/patientEd
Enter R673 in the search box to learn more about "Learning About Birth Control."
Current as of:
May 30, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
© 2006-2017 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.
Care instructions adapted under license by your healthcare professional. If you have questions about a medical condition or this instruction, always ask your healthcare professional. Healthwise, Incorporated disclaims any warranty or liability for your use of this information.