Contraception allows for the prevention of pregnancy and for planning the timing of pregnancy. Some methods can also protect against infections. Modern methods of contraception include oral contraceptives (such as birth control pills), contraceptive vaginal rings, condoms, intrauterine devices (also called IUDs), injectable and implantable products, and sterilization.
Contraception is the prevention of pregnancy. Contraception, or birth control, also allows couples to plan the timing of pregnancy. Some methods can also protect against infections.
Types of contraception include long-acting reversible contraception (LARCs), hormonal methods, barrier methods, emergency contraception, and sterilization.
Different methods of contraception have different rates of effectiveness in preventing pregnancy.
Some methods of contraception can also reduce the risk of getting certain sexually transmitted diseases and infections.
Find answers to other frequently asked questions on contraception and birth control, such as how to choose the right method for you and possible health risks and side effects.