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August 2016


Are there any foams or gels I can use to keep from getting pregnant?

You can buy spermicides over the counter. They work by killing sperm. They come in many forms: Foam Gel Cream Film Suppository Tablet Spermicides are put in the vagina no more than 1 hour before having sex. If you use a film, suppository, or tablet, wait at least 15 minutes before having sex so the spermicide can dissolve. Do not douche or rinse out

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Where can I get birth control? Do I need to see a doctor?

Where you get birth control depends on what method you choose. You can buy these forms over the counter: Male condoms Female condoms Sponges Spermicides Emergency contraception pills (girls younger than 17 need a prescription) You need a prescription for these forms: Oral contraceptives: the pill, the mini-pill Skin patch Vaginal ring Diaphragm (your doctor needs to fit one to your shape) Cervical cap

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Side Effects and Failure

Method Failure rate (the number of pregnancies expected per 100 women) Some side effects and risks Sterilization surgery for women Less than 1 pregnancy Pain Bleeding Complications from surgery Ectopic (tubal) pregnancy Sterilization implant for women (Essure) Less than 1 pregnancy Pain Ectopic (tubal) pregnancy Sterilization surgery for men Less than 1 pregnancy Pain Bleeding Complications from surgery Implantable rod (Implanon) Less than 1

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How well do different kinds of birth control work?

All birth control methods work the best if used correctly and every time you have sex. Be sure you know the right way to use them. Sometimes doctors don’t explain how to use a method because they assume you already know. Talk with your doctor if you have questions. They are used to talking about birth control. So don’t feel embarrassed about talking to

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