Birth Control Overview
Birth Control Introduction
The practice of birth control or preventing pregnancy is as old as human existence. For centuries, humans have attempted to avoid pregnancy.
For the individual woman, the ability to effectively control when and whether she becomes pregnant affects her ability to achieve her own goals and contribute to her sense of well-being. A woman’s choice of birth control method involves factors such as how easy it is to use, safety, risks, cost, and personal considerations.
This overview discusses the main methods of contraception (birth control) used in the United States and their advantages and disadvantages.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/18/2014
Omnia M Samra, MD
Bryan D Cowan, MD
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
Lee P Shulman, MD
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Birth Control - Patient Experience
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Birth Control - Side Effects
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