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Birth Control Facts for Everyone
An Informed Choice:
Whether you are looking for information about
condoms, fertility computers,
the contraceptive sponge, the pill, or
cycle beads, you've come to the right place.
The contraceptive information provided here is designed to help
you make an informed decision about birth control.
Whichever method of birth control you choose, remember that,
aside from abstinence, all birth control
methods sometimes fail, even if used properly and consistently.
Nonetheless, if you are sexually active, good contraception can
greatly reduce your chances of pregnancy.
Failure Rates & Statistics:
Unless otherwise noted, the statistics
used here are gathered from studies of couples initiating a particular
method of birth control for one year. Out of 100 women, the failure
rate is the number of women who became pregnant using exclusively
the birth control method indicated.
Failure rates tend to be lower
for couples who are married or have used the particular method
of birth control in the past. Failure rates are higher for teens.
Sexually Transmitted Disease Risk:
Some methods, like condoms and female barrier methods, can decrease your risk of
contracting an STD. Other methods, like Depo-Provera, the Pill, and spermicides, may
increase your risk. Visit our STD page to learn about about how your options compare.
Teens and Birth Control
Contraceptive Facts for Teens: ContraceptINFO has information especially for teens.
Read the pros and cons of the pull out method.
See our contraceptive failure rates for teens and learn about state laws regarding minors access
to reproductive health services. Finally, don't forget to check out our essential abstinence information.
Birth Control Update
Hormonal Methods: ContraceptINFO has expanded its selection of articles about extended-cycle birth control pills, injections, and implants. Updated facts about the newest lower dose Depo-subQ Provera 104 and the global Lunelle (Cyclofem) Injectable Contraceptive. Learn about oral contraceptive pills, like Seasonale and Quasense that result in only four periods a year, or Lybrel, that keeps your period away for a year or more. New section on breastfeeding and birth control.
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Birth Control and Medical Advice: ContraceptINFO is a contraceptive educational resource with facts about birth control.
This site contains information about medication,
including "the pill" or oral contraceptives, the contraceptive patch,
vaginal ring, contraceptive injections, and the intrauterine device (IUD),
but these products are obtained by prescription from your doctor or pharmacist.
This site also contains information about contraceptive devices, such as the diaphragm, cervical cap, and condom.
The use of any birth control devices should be determined in consultation with your physician.
All prescription methods may have side effects or health risks. All birth control poses some risk of pregnancy.