Birth Control

How effective is withdrawal as a birth control method?

Not very! Withdrawal is when a man takes his penis out of a woman’s vagina (or “pulls out”) before he ejaculates, or has an orgasm. This stops the sperm from going to the egg. “Pulling out” can be hard for a man to do. It takes a lot of self-control. Even if you use withdrawal, sperm can be released┬ábefore┬áthe man pulls out. When a

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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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