Not all contraceptive methods are appropriate for all situations, and individuals should consult their health care providers to determine which method of birth control is best for them. For men, methods of contraception include male condoms and sterilization (vasectomy).
Different methods of contraception have different rates of effectiveness in preventing pregnancy.
Contraception is most effective when used correctly and consistently. The failure rate increases if a method of contraception is used incorrectly.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, male condoms have a failure rate of 11% to 16% (that is, from 11 to 16 women would be expected to get pregnant within one year if 100 women and their partners relied solely on male condoms for birth control). Male sterilization procedures have a failure rate of less than 1% if a backup method is used for the first several months after the procedure. For details about the effectiveness of specific methods of contraception, as well as potential side effects and risks, visit the website of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office on Women's Health.4
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