Contraception

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

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How Vasectomies Work

Vasectomy is a surgical procedure that provides reliable birth control for men. Find out how the treatment works and whether vasectomy might be a good option for you.


Long-term Male Birth Control That Doesn't Involve Snipping

Vasectomies traditionally have been the only game in town when it comes to a long-acting form of male birth control. A new option may be on the horizon.

The Link Between Birth Control and Depression: Should Women Be Worried?

The headlines suggesting a link between depression and birth control might not be telling the whole story.

Ditching the Pill for an App and an Algorithm

A new app relies on women taking their temperature each day and entering it into an app to determine fertility. Will this new approach to birth control catch on?

10 Crazy Contraceptives from History

Humans have been searching for ways to prevent pregnancy as long as they've been having sex. Some have been effective, some have been nonsense and some have been downright dangerous.

10 Completely Wrong Ways to Use a Condom

OK, so you've never pinned a rubber to a bulletin board. But what about the old inside-out error? Or the thing about squeezing the air out of the tip? It's never too late to learn. We won't judge.

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.

How RISUG Works

The search for the perfect male contraceptive hasn't been going so well, but a clear gel that's injected into the penis once every decade or so could prevent a lot more sperm from reaching the finish line. What's the deal?

5 Ways Birth Control Can Trip Up Your Love Life

The advent of birth control pills not only helped some women reduce pregnancy risk, it also opened the door to greater sexual freedom. But eliminating ovulation may also affect women's sex lives in other, more subtle ways. How?

What is Planned Parenthood?

Planned Parenthood clinics operate as independent entities. Learn about Planned Parenthood in this article.

How Vasectomies Work

Vasectomy is a surgical procedure that provides reliable birth control for men. Find out how the treatment works and whether vasectomy might be a good option for you.