Birth control is a term used to define any method or practice that is used to prevent pregnancy. There are many different types of birth control and each is different in the way it’s used, its effectiveness, its side effects, and its costs. The information provided here can help you learn how to get birth control and decide what form of birth control is best for you, but it’s important to discuss your options with your own doctor.
Overall, your choice of birth control should depend on factors such as a your health, frequency of sexual activity, number of partners, protection from sexually transmitted infections and desire to have children in the future.
How effective is birth control?
The only 100% effective form of birth control (or 0% failure rate) is abstinence (not having sexual intercourse). But here is a comparison of the various types of birth control and their effectiveness in preventing pregnancy. The rates listed are the failure rates of each method (or the percent of pregnancies that method did not prevent) and apply when they are used according the manufacturers’ directions and in full compliance.