Birth control, also known as contraception, is designed to prevent pregnancy. Birth control methods may work in a number of different ways. These include:

    • Preventing sperm from getting to the eggs - condoms, diaphragms and intrauterine devices (IUDs) work this way
    • Keeping the woman's ovaries from releasing eggs that could be fertilized - birth control pills work this way
    • Sterilization, which permanently prevents a woman from getting pregnant or a man from being able to get a woman pregnant

    Your doctor can help you select the best form of birth control for you.

    Types of Birth Control

    Contraception after Pregnancy

    Male Contraception

    Can I Get Pregnant If

    Other Methods