Linda and Vincent have six children. They do not desire to have more children and are exploring what birth control method is best for them. They come across the option of permanent birth control and are curious to learn more.
The most common use of contraceptives is to prevent pregnancy. However, while contraceptives were initially intended for this purpose, they have several other uses, including lowering the risk of some types of cancers.
An implant is a tiny rod containing a hormone, which is injected just under the skin on your arm.
An intrauterine device (IUD) is a small contraceptive device which is inserted into the uterus.
Female condoms are a great alternative to male condoms. They might seem a bit intimidating at first, but with a practice, you will be a pro soon.
Before you choose the birth control method that’s right for you, one of the things you need to consider is if and when you want to have a baby.
You can get some birth control methods at the chemist, while you might need to see a healthcare professional for others.
Some birth control methods are cheap and easy to get, some are a little bit more expensive, and some are free.
Natural family planning is a birth control method with a high failure rate. It means ways to avoid having sex when you are most fertile.
Using spermicide is a birth control method with a high failure rate. Spermicides are chemicals that kill sperm in the vagina.
A birth control sponge (also known as contraceptive sponge or the sponge) is a birth control method with a medium failure rate.
A diaphragm has a medium failure rate. It’s a soft rubber dome that fits over the cervix, blocking sperm from getting into the womb.
Sterilization is a birth control method with very low failure rate. Both men and women can be sterilized.
There are two types of birth control shots: the combined shot and the one-hormone shot.
When withdrawing, a man pulls his penis out of a woman’s vagina before he ejaculates – so that there’s no semen going into the vagina.
In general, abstinence means not having sexual intercourse (when a man inserts his penis into a woman’s vagina).
A condom is a rubber sheath that fits over the penis and stops sperm from getting into the vagina.
The pill is an effective birth control method that women take every day. There are two different types of it.
There are two ways to rate how well birth control methods work. You can say how good they are if people use them perfectly. Or you can look at what happens in real life – because people aren’t usually perfect!
If you don’t want to get pregnant – or don’t want your partner to get pregnant – you need to use birth control, also called contraception or family planning.
E-pills, also called morning-after or emergency contraception pills, are drugs you can take when you have had unprotected sex and think that you could be pregnant.