CONTRACEPTION

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.

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  • 10 Completely Wrong Ways to Use a Condom

    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. See more »

  • 10 Crazy Contraceptives from History

    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. See more »

  • 5 Ways Birth Control Can Trip Up Your Love Life

    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? See more »

  • Can vasectomies actually be reversed?

    Can vasectomies actually be reversed?

    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. See more »

  • Fact or Fiction: Birth Control

    Fact or Fiction: Birth Control

    Not every sexual encounter has to end in a baby, thanks to the phenomenon of birth control. If you're sexually active, but not ready to be a mother or a father, you should protect yourself. How much do you know about your options? See more »

  • How Condoms Work

    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. See more »

  • How does the morning-after pill work?

    How does the morning-after pill work?

    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. See more »

  • How RISUG Works

    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? See more »

  • How the Birth Control Pill Works

    How the Birth Control Pill Works

    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? See more »

  • How the Male Birth-control Pill Will Work

    How the Male Birth-control Pill Will Work

    While the birth control family has grown over the years -- branching off with patches, rings, IUDs and other iterations -- there‚Äôs 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? See more »

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