Contraception

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


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

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?

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.

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.

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.

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?

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?

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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.

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.

Millions of women rely on the pill to prevent pregnancy, combat cramps and keep their skin acne-free. So why is the pill so controversial? And what exactly are those hormones doing in your body?

About 5 percent of the men who have vasectomies eventually go back for a reversal, or vasovasostomy. Reversal is definitely a tempting option, but it's not always successful.

On August 24, 2006, the U.S. FDA approved a form of emergency contraception to be sold over the counter to women ages 18 or older. The generic name for this contraceptive is levonorgestrel. Learn how it works.

Birth control, also called contraception, is the voluntary prevention of pregnancy. A variety of methods are available. In this article, we will cover all the major forms of birth control. Learn about birth control.

While the birth control family has grown over the years -- branching off with patches, rings, IUDs and other iterations -- there’s still one option that's noticeably missing: male birth control. Could a long-term, reversible form of medicinal contraception for men finally be on the horizon?

Some studies show the birth control pills can have a negative effect on your heart. Learn more about what you need to know when taking the pill.

What are the definitions of birth control and contraception? Learn about the different types of birth control and contraception methods.