Birth Control

If you are sexually active, it’s very important to know what birth control options are available and how they work. Be sure you protect yourself and your partner and get the latest information on contraception, pregnancy prevention and natural family planning. Knowledge is power.

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  • Birth Control Options

    Learn the many birth control options helpful in preventing a pregnancy.

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  • Birth Control: How to Use Your Diaphragm

    Using a diaphragm is a form of birth control. Learn about the benefits and risks of a diaphragm and how…

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  • Depo-Provera: An Injectable Contraceptive

    Depo-Provera is an injectable form of birth control that contains progesterone. Learn more about how it works, as well as…

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  • Emergency Contraception

    Emergency contraception is a form of birth control. Learn about the different types, how to use them, and their benefits…

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  • Intrauterine Device (IUD)

    An intrauterine device (IUD) is a form of birth control. Learn about the different types, benefits, and risks of using…

    Young doctor holding an IUD, which is used for birth controlAmerican Academy of Family Physicians Logo
  • Natural Family Planning

    Natural family planning (NFP) helps people know when to have sexual intercourse. It can be used to achieve or avoid…

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  • Progestin-Only Birth Control Pills

    A progestin-only birth control pill is often called the "mini-pill." Because this pill doesn't contain estrogen, it may not have…

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  • Tubal Sterilization (Tubal Ligation)

    Tubal sterilization is a permanent form of birth control that closes off a woman’s fallopian tubes. It is often referred…

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  • Vasectomy: What to Expect

    A vasectomy is a procedure that makes a man permanently unable to get a woman pregnant. It may be the…

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