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All About Birth Control Methods

Birth control is how you prevent pregnancy before it begins. There are lots of different methods that work really well and are easy to use. So, ready to stop worrying about pregnancy? We’re here to help you figure it all out.

Birth Control Sponge

The sponge is between 76-88% effective. It doesn’t protect you from STDs. Use a condom with your sponge to help stop pregnancy and STDs.

Cervical Cap

Cervical caps are between 71-86% effective. They don’t protect you from STDs. Use a condom with your cervical cap to help stop pregnancy and STDs.

Condom

Condoms are 82% effective. They help protect you from STDs. Use another birth control method with your condom for even more pregnancy preventing power.

Diaphragm

The diaphragm is 88% effective. It won’t protect you from STDs. Use a condom with your diaphragm to help stop pregnancy and STDs.

Female Condom

Female condoms are 79% effective. They help protect you from STDs. Use another birth control method with your female condom for even more pregnancy preventing power.

Spermicide

Spermicide is 71% effective. It doesn’t protect you from STDs. Use a condom with it to help stop pregnancy and STDs.

Which birth control method is right for me?

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Spot On

Spot On is a period and birth control tracking mobile app available for Android and iOS phones that can help you stay on top of your birth control method and track your cycle. The app provides customized appointment reminders, and puts birth control and sexual health resources from the experts at Planned Parenthood at your fingertips.

Discouraged by the Cost of Birth Control? We Can Help

We do our best to help you afford the birth control method you choose — no matter what your situation is. Whether you have your own health insurance, are on your parents’ plan, or don’t have insurance at all, we’ve got you covered. Find a health center near you.

  • Many insurance plans, including Medicaid, cover Planned Parenthood services.

  • We’ll help you navigate your state’s health insurance plans. Learn more

  • Is health insurance not an option for you? We can get you set up with state or locally funded programs that help cover the cost of your birth control.

Accidents Happen. That’s Why There’s Emergency Contraception

Emergency contraception is a safe and effective way to prevent pregnancy up to 5 days after unprotected sex. There are a few different kinds. Find out which one is right for you.