birth control guide

Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

birth control guide

implanted devices

hormonal methods

sperm barrier methods

emergency contraception

permanent methods for men

permanent methods for women
        Emergency Contraception:
It is known as "The Morning After Pill”
It may be used if you do not use birth control or if your regular birth control fails.
It should not be used as a regular form of birth control.

Examples of emergency contraceptive (the morning after pill):
Plan B, Plan B One-Step, Next Choice, Ella.

What is it?
-- these are pills with hormones similar to other oral contraceptives.
-- they stop the ovaries from releasing an egg or stops sperm from joining with the egg.
How do I use it?
-- you can use these after you have unprotected sex (did not use birth control)
-- you can also use these if your birth control did not work (i.e. the condom broke)
-- you must swallow the pills within 72 hours of having unprotected sex.
-- for the best chance for it to work, you should start taking the pills soon after unprotected sex.
How do I get it?
-- you can buy it over the counter if you are 18 years or older.
-- if you are younger than 18, you need a prescription.
Chance of getting pregnant?
-- this method reduces the risk of pregnancy resulting from a single act of unprotected sex by almost 85 percent, if you take it within 72 hours.
Some risks?
-- nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain.
-- fatigue, headache.
Does it protect me from sexually transmitted infections (STIs)?
-- no.

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