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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 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.


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 »

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 »

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 »

How the Birth Control Pill Works

 How the Birth Control Pill Works

The birth control pill is a miracle of modern chemistry that changed the sexual landscape. Explore the history of the birth control pill and what hormones do. See more »

Can vasectomies actually be reversed?

 Can vasectomies actually be reversed?

A vasectomy reversal can be a tempting option, but a complete reversal is not always successful. Learn about a vasectomy reversal procedure. See more »