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 menopause.
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 you.
The 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:
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Current as of: March 16, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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