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Contraception is the voluntary prevention of pregnancy. Learn about various forms of birth control in this section.

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How Condoms Work

Sex is risky business, but condoms can make it safer. Luckily, we've traded in animal bladders and sheaths made from horns for the convenience of a little rubber prophylactic in a discreet foil package.


10 Crazy Contraceptives from History

10 Crazy Contraceptives from History

Birth control has been part of human life since the beginning. But some approaches to preventing pregnancy have been crazier than others. See more »

Test Your Knowledge: How Not to Get Pregnant

Test Your Knowledge: How Not to Get Pregnant

Do you know how not to get pregnant? Prove your knowledge of how not to get pregnant with this quiz. See more »

10 Completely Wrong Ways to Use a Condom

10 Completely Wrong Ways to Use a Condom

Do you know how to use a condom correctly? Learn about 10 completely wrong ways to use a condom. See more »

About the IUD

About the IUD

The intrauterine device, or IUD, is a T-shaped device that is inserted into a woman's uterus to prevent pregnancy. See if the IUD is right for you. See more »

How RISUG Works

How RISUG Works

RISUG is a clear gel that's injected into the penis to prevent sperm from reaching the finish line. Learn about the new male contraceptive RISUG. See more »

5 Ways Birth Control Can Trip Up Your Love Life

5 Ways Birth Control Can Trip Up Your Love Life

Does birth control interfere with your libido? Read 5 ways birth control can trip up your love life at HowStuffWorks. See more »

What is Planned Parenthood?

What is Planned Parenthood?

Learn about Planned Parenthood in this article. Visit HowStuffWorks to learn more about what is Planned Parenthood. See more »

How Vasectomies Work

How Vasectomies Work

Vasectomy is a surgical procedure that provides reliable birth control for men. Find out how vasectomies work and if a vasectomy is a good option for you. See more »

Fact or Fiction: Birth Control

Fact or Fiction: Birth Control

Take this birth control quiz and find out how much you know about your options. Get informed with the birth control quiz. See more »

How Condoms Work

How Condoms Work

Condoms have come a long way from their animal-bladder forebears. Just how reliable are condoms, and why is it a bad idea to keep a condom in your wallet? See more »