Contraception, also known as birth control, is used to prevent pregnancy. There are many different birth control methods to help you and your partner prevent an unplanned pregnancy. You may be starting with a pretty good idea of what you are looking for, or you may not be sure where to start – or which method to choose.
In this section, we review the methods that are available to help you understand the options and help you narrow down the choices. You can always talk over your choices with your health care provider.
*These summaries are for information purposes only and are incomplete. When considering contraception, patients should review all potential risks and benefits on a medicine, device or procedure with their health care providers prior to selecting the option that is most appropriate for their needs.