Figuring out what birth control method is right for you can be an arduous task. Understanding the pros and cons of each can be overwhelming. That’s why we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions to provide facts about birth control.

  1. What is birth control and where is birth control available?
    Birth control is the act of preventing pregnancy by using medication, devices, procedures or adapting behaviors. Some of the birth control methods such as condoms are widely available at convenience stores or pharmacies others must be provided or prescribed by doctors or clinicians.
  2. What are some methods available and their effectiveness?
  • Birth Control Implant: 99% Effective
  • Birth Control Patch: 91% Effective
  • Birth Control Pill: 91% Effective
  • Birth Control Shot: 94% Effective
  • Birth Control Sponge: Between 76-88% Effective
  • Birth Control Vaginal Ring: 91% Effective
  • Cervical Cap: 71 – 86% Effective
  • Breastfeeding as Birth Control: 98% Effective
  • Condom: 85% Effective
  • Diaphragm: 88% Effective
  • Female Condom: 79% Effective
  • IUD: 99% Effective
  • Spermicide: 71% Effective
  • Withdrawal: 78% Effective
  • Outercourse and Abstinence: 100% Effective
  • Sterilization: 99% Effective
  1. What is the most effective birth control method?
    Finding the right birth control method will have to do some research and speak to your doctor. However, it is important to note that using two birth control methods (i.e., birth control pills and condoms) will provide better protection than just the use of one method.
  1. Do other birth control methods, aside from condoms, protect against STDs?
    The only birth control methods that can decrease the risk of contracting an STD are condoms.

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  1. Do these birth control methods cause infertility?
    These birth control methods, aside from sterilization, are temporary.

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