Birth Control Methods - Types

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What are the different types of birth control available?

Types of birth control methods include options that prevent sperm from reaching an egg, known as barrier methods; methods that prevent ovulation, and methods that prevent implantation of a fertilized egg into the uterus. Permanent methods (surgical sterilization) are also available for those who no longer desire to have children.

Types of birth control include:

Hormonal birth control methods include:

  • Birth control pills
  • Patches
  • Implants
  • Vaginal ring

Barrier birth control methods include:

  • Diaphragms
  • Condoms
  • Cervical caps
  • Spermicides

Natural birth control methods include:

  • Ovulation test kits
  • Cervical mucus examination
  • Tracking menstrual cycles (rhythm method)
  • Intrauterine devices
    • Emergency contraception "morning after" pills
  • Surgical sterilization

Surgical sterilzation methods include:

  • Tubal ligation (tubes tided)
  • Vasectomy
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Comment from: Sham, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 13

I take the pill for birth control because my period has always been extremely irregular, long, and heavy. I started on it for acne reasons when I was younger and I kept it for contraceptive reasons later on. Even if I am using condoms, I could not live without the pill. It has its disadvantages, such as having to remember to take it every day at the same time (which does not always happen, I guarantee), but I just could not go back to living at the mercy of my crazy rebellious period.

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