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Birth Control Methods

What Is Female Sterilization?

Female sterilization is a procedure that permanently prevents a woman from becoming pregnant. You might have your local medical provider perform this simple surgery if you’re confident you don’t ever want to have children, if you already have children and don’t want more, or are at risk of getting ovarian…

Are There Herbal Options for Birth Control?

Herbal treatments have been used for centuries to help treat a range of conditions, and even though the remedies are promoted as natural, many have drug-like effects. Additionally, many herbal treatments have not yet received FDA approval, so always consult your healthcare provider before starting any type of treatment plan.

What Are My Options for Over the Counter Birth Control?

Condoms, spermicide, and sponges are all over-the-counter contraceptive options. You don’t have to have a prescription to get these types of birth control. Most are available at local drugstores, clinics, and supermarkets. In addition, emergency contraception can be purchased at many pharmacies with no prescription required. Male Condom…

What Are Emergency Birth Control Methods?

Emergency birth control methods include oral over-the-counter (OTC) pills, oral prescription pills, and an intrauterine device. OTC Emergency Contraception Oral emergency birth control, referred to as “the morning-after pill,” gives women the power of choice. All oral options are thought to be effective up to three days after unprotected sex.

What Are Permanent Birth Control Methods?

Performing a sterilization procedure is the only method of permanent birth control, but there are different methods of sterilization. These methods include: Tubal Ligation — Often referred to as “getting your tubes tied,” tubal ligation is a surgical procedure where a doctor removes a section of each fallopian…

What Are Prescription Birth Control Methods?

Prescription birth control methods, including birth control pills, shots, patches, rings, IUDs and implants, require a consultation with a health care provider in order to obtain a prescription for the medication. Prescriptions can be written in person or provided online through companies like Nurx™ Prescription birth control methods include: Combination…

What Are Over-the-Counter Birth Control Methods?

Provided to men and women without a prescription, over-the-counter (OTC) birth control methods are easily accessible. OTC options are often the first birth control method used when a man or woman begins having sex. Some OTC options you may have heard of, but others may not be as familiar. Condoms…

What Are Natural Birth Control Methods?

Natural birth control methods are ways to prevent pregnancy without using hormones or birth control devices such as condoms. However, these strategies are generally less effective than many other contraceptives. Fertility Awareness Fertility awareness-based methods offer a way to prevent pregnancy naturally by tracking your…

What Are the Different Types of Birth Control Methods?

There are many types of birth control, including hormonal, permanent, emergency, barrier, and natural methods. Deciding which one is best for you is a personal decision that you must make based on your health needs and each method’s effectiveness rate. Hormonal Birth Control The following birth control methods use hormones to…

What Are the Different Types of Hormonal Birth Control?

There are two main types of hormonal birth control — the combination hormonal birth control and the progestin-only birth control. Combination birth control delivers doses of both estrogen and progestin, while progestin-only methods contain only progestin. Both options have 99% effectiveness when used correctly, and you also have a wide…

What Is Hormonal Birth Control?

Hormonal birth control is a method of contraception that delivers concentrated doses of hormones to prevent you from getting pregnant. There are two main kinds: combination hormonal birth control, which uses estrogen and progestin, and progestin-only birth control, which uses just progestin. Hormonal birth control works by: Stopping ovulation so…

What is Hormonal Birth Control?

Hormonal birth control refers to any contraceptive that works by regulating the changes in hormone levels throughout your menstrual cycle. These contraceptives use synthetic estrogen and progestin to help reduce the risk of becoming pregnant. How It Works The hormones in this type of birth control prevent ovulation, meaning that…

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