Birth Control Behavioral Methods
Birth Control Behavioral Methods Facts
Abstinence refers to complete avoidance of sexual intercourse. There are no hormonal side effects, and it is endorsed by many religious groups.
This method is 100% effective in preventing pregnancy, and it also avoids sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Women who are abstinent until their 20s and ultimately have fewer partners are less likely to get STDs, become infertile, or develop cervical cancer. Abstinence costs nothing.
Abstinence may be difficult for some couples to maintain. It is important to discuss this decision with your partner before sexual situations arise.
Coitus interruptus involves withdrawal of the entire penis from the vagina before ejaculation (i.e. when sperm is released from the penis). Fertilization is prevented because sperm does not contact a woman’s egg. This method remains a significant means of fertility control in less advantaged countries.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/7/2016
Omnia M Samra, MD
Bryan D Cowan, MD
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
Lee P Shulman, MD
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