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Contraception

Talk to your doctor about the type of contraception that is right for you. Things to consider include:

  • Safety
  • Effectiveness
  • Availability
  • Future family goals

Preventive service at no cost

The full range of contraceptive methods for women currently identified by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration include:

(1) sterilization surgery for women

(2) surgical sterilization via implant for women

(3) implantable rods

(4) copper intrauterine devices

(5) intrauterine devices with progestin (all durations and doses)

(6) the shot or injection

(7) oral contraceptives (combined pill)

(8) oral contraceptives (progestin only, and)

(9) oral contraceptives (extended or continuous use)

(10) the contraceptive patch

(11) vaginal contraceptive rings

(12) diaphragms

(13) contraceptive sponges

(14) cervical caps

(15) female condoms

(16) spermicides

(17) emergency contraception (levonorgestrel)

(18) emergency contraception (ulipristal acetate)

Contraceptive care should include contraceptive counseling, initiation of contraceptive use, and follow-up care (e.g., management, and evaluation as well as changes to and removal or discontinuation of the contraceptive method).

Birth Control Methods

Effectiveness of Family Planning Methods

Additional Information

Be aware that all methods of contraception do not prevent STIs. Talk to your doctor about ways to protect yourself.

There are some risks or side effects in using any method.

Birth Control Guide

Additional Resources