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Birth Control (Contraception) for Women

When the time is right, you will have multiple options for very effective pregnancy protection. You can take a pill every day, wear a skin patch, get a shot once a month or once every three months, place a ring in your vagina once per week, have removable hormonal implants placed under the skin or have an IUD (intra-uterine device) inserted. These are the most effective methods of birth control.

Or you might consider choosing a second barrier method in addition to male condoms.

The only barrier method that can't be used with a male condom is the female condom. Male condoms should not be used at the same time with female condoms because their surfaces will rub and cause one or both to slip out of position or completely slip off.

Second barrier methods that you can use include a diaphragm, cervical cap, sponges and spermicides.


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