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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 Implant

The implant is 99% effective. It doesn’t protect you from STDs. Use a condom with your implant to help stop pregnancy and STDs.

Birth Control Patch

The patch is 91% effective. It doesn’t protect you from STDs. Use a condom with your patch to help stop pregnancy and STDs.

Birth Control Pill

The pill is 91% effective. It doesn’t protect you from  STDs. Use a condom with your pill to help stop pregnancy and STDs.

Birth Control Shot

The shot is 94% effective. It doesn’t protect you from STDs. Use a condom with the shot to help stop pregnancy and STDs.

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.

Birth Control Vaginal Ring

The ring is 91% effective. It doesn’t protect you from STDs. Use a condom with your ring to help stop pregnancy and STDs.

Breastfeeding as Birth Control

Breastfeeding as birth control is 98% effective. It doesn’t protect you from STDs. Use a condom for help stopping 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 85% 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.

Fertility Awareness Methods (FAMs)

FAMs are between 76-88% effective. They don’t protect you from STDs. Use a condom with FAMs to help protect you from pregnancy and STDs.

IUD

The IUD is 99% effective. It doesn’t protect you from STDs. Use a condom with your IUD to help stop pregnancy and STDs.

Outercourse and Abstinence

Abstinence is 100% effective. It also protects you from STDs.

Spermicide

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

Sterilization (Tubal Ligation)

Sterilization is 99% effective. It doesn’t protect you from STDs. Use a condom to help stop STDs.

Vasectomy

Vasectomy is 99% effective. It won’t protect you from STDs. Use a condom to help stop STDs.

Withdrawal (Pull Out Method)

Withdrawal is 78% effective. It doesn’t protect you from STDs. Use a condom and withdrawal to help stop pregnancy and STDs.

Which birth control method is right for me?

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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.