Birth Control Methods, Side Effects and Effectiveness

A collage of women at different stages of life.
A graph of the most fertile days in a month.
Types of spermicide.
A hand holding a male condom.
A female condom and diagram on how it is used.
A birth control method, the diaphragm, and diagram of how it is used.
A birth control device, a cervical cap, and diagram on how it is used.
A birth control device, a sponge, and diagram on how it is used.
A packet of birth control pills.
A woman applying a birth control patch to her skin.
A woman holding a vaginal ring.
An administered birth control shot.
A woman getting a birth control implant.
A diagram of an IUD.
A diagram of tubal ligation.
A diagram of tubal implants.
A diagram of a vasectomy.
A blister pack with emergency contraception.
A group of older women doing yoga.
A water hose symbolizing the withdrawal method.
A chart of the least effective birth control methods.
A chart of the most effective birth control methods.

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Reviewed by Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, Chief Medical Editor on Wednesday, March 05, 2014

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