There are so many different types of contraception, also known as birth control. And if you’re a human being having penis-in-vagina sex, preventing pregnancy may be desired for a good portion of your life.
Barrier methods, including internal and external condoms, diaphragms, cervical caps; spermicide gels; the sponge; pills (so many different types!); the patch; vaginal rings; the shot; pH-altering vaginal gel; the implant; intrauterine devices (IUDs); emergency contraceptives; Fertility Awareness Methods (FAM); breastfeeding (for postpartum moms); withdrawal (or “pulling out” — eek!); abstinence; permanent sterilization with either tubal ligation or vasectomy.
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