Find a birth control option that works with your life.
Over the years, women’s access to different forms of birth control have improved vastly. Choosing a method of birth control is a highly personal decision, based on individual preferences, medical history, lifestyle, and other factors. Each method carries with it a number of risks and benefits of which the user should be aware.
Women have the options to select a reversible or non-reversible choice to prevent unplanned pregnancy.
Additionally, various options offer varying degrees of contraceptive coverage that can last for many years with little to no side effects.
The following chart depicts the most commonly available options in the United States.
Additional Resources (ASRM and ACOG)
- Hormonal Contraception
- Noncontraceptive benefits of birth control pills
- Nonhormonal Contraception
- The Intrauterine Device (IUD): A Long-acting Reversible Contraception
- Sterilization for Women and Men (FAQ011)
- Barrier Methods of Birth Control: Spermicide, Condom, Sponge, Diaphragm, and Cervical Cap (FAQ022)
- Fertility Awareness-Based Methods of Family Planning (FAQ024)
- Sterilization by Laparoscopy (FAQ035)
- Postpartum Sterilization (FAQ052)
- Emergency Contraception (FAQ114)
- Hysteroscopic Sterilization (FAQ180)
- Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC): IUD Device and Implant (FAQ184)
- Combined Hormonal Birth Control: Pill, Patch, and Ring (FAQ185)
- Progestin-Only Hormonal Birth Control: Pill and Injection (FAQ186)
- Postpartum Birth Control (FAQ194)
Methods of Birth Control
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