Birth Control Tool

When it comes to pregnancy prevention, there are several birth control options to consider for both males and females. Choosing a method that best fits with a person’s life will give them the best protection because they’ll be more likely to use it correctly and consistently.  It’s important for them to talk to their health care provider about the method of birth control that’s right for them.

 

Birth Control Pill

A hormone pill taken every day to prevent pregnancy.

 

Pregnancy Protection?

91%*

 

STI Protection?

No

 

*with typical use

Birth Control Injection

A hormone (progestin) injection given to help prevent pregnancy.

 

Pregnancy Protection?

97%*

 

STI Protection?

No

 

*with typical use

Condom (Male)

A thin covering that fits over a hard (erect) penis to prevent pregnancy and STIs.

 

Pregnancy Protection?

85%*

 

STI Protection?

Yes

 

*with typical use

Emergency Contraception

A pill or IUD that is used if a person has had unprotected sex or are not sure if they are protected from pregnancy.

 

Pregnancy Protection?

IUD: 99%*

Pill: 50% - 90%*

 

STI Protection?

No

 

*with typical use

IUC

A small, soft, T-shaped device that is put in the uterus by a health care provider to help prevent pregnancy. Can be copper (IUD) or hormonal (IUS) type.

 

Pregnancy Protection?

99%*

 

STI Protection?

No

 

*with typical use

Birth Control Patch

A type of hormonal birth control a female wears on their skin.

 

Pregnancy Protection?

92-97%*

 

STI Protection?

No

 

*with typical use

Diaphragm

A flexible latex or silicon disc that is put in the vagina and used with a spermicidal gel.

 

Pregnancy Protection?

84%*

 

STI Protection?

No

 

*with typical use

Vaginal Contraceptive Ring

A clear plastic ring that is put in the vagina to prevent pregnancy.

 

Pregnancy Protection?

91%*

 

STI Protection?

No

 

*with typical use

 

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