6 Birth Control Options

How does birth control work?

Birth control works to prevent pregnancy in different ways.

  • Hormonal birth control methods work by preventing ovulation, so that a woman is temporarily infertile.
  • Barrier methods of birth control to prevents the man's sperm from reaching an egg.
  • Barrier methods include
    • diaphragms,
    • condoms, and
    • cervical caps.
  • Spermicde is a chemical that destroys sperm to prevent them from reaching the egg.
  • Birth control methods such as intrauterine devices work by preventing a fertilized egg from implanting in the uterus and causing a pregnancy. Continue Reading
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Reviewed on 4/26/2016
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