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Birth Control

A woman's ability to space and limit her pregnancies has a direct impact on her health and well-being as well as on the outcome of each pregnancy. Family planning allows individuals and couples to anticipate and attain their desired number of children and the spacing and timing of their births. It is achieved through use of contraceptive methods and the treatment of involuntary infertility.

Today we have many safe and effective birth control methods available to us. Things to consider when choosing a birth control method include:

If you're trying to decide which is right for you, learning about each method may help you to choose.
 

Types of Birth Control

Abstinence

Long-Acting Reversible Contraception: Inserted into the body and left in place for years

Permanent Birth Control Methods

Hormonal Methods: Interfere with ovulation, fertilization, and/or implantation of the fertilized egg

Emergency Contraception/Morning-After Pill (Plan B)

Lactational Amenorrhea Method: Breastfeeding as birth control

Barrier Methods: Put up a block, or barrier, to keep sperm from reaching the egg

Fertility Awareness-Based Methods/Natural Family Planning/Rhythm Method


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