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Sexual Health

Birth Control... What's right for you?

Barrier Methods

Male CondomsMale condom

  • A latex, polyurethane or lambskin sheath worn over the penis during sexual activity. Condoms prevent pregnancy by blocking the sperm from entering the vagina. Latex and polyurethane condoms also protect against STIs.
  • Effectiveness: 85% - 98% effective for birth control, depending on consistent and correct use
  • Where to get them: At your local drug store, or clinic

Female CondomsFemale condom

  • A soft, loose fitting polyurethane sheath with a flexible ring at each end. The female condom stops sperm from entering the vagina. They also protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
  • Effectiveness: 79% to 95% for birth control, depending on consistent and correct use
  • Where to get them: At your local drug store or clinic

DiaphragmDiaphram

  • It is a dome shaped rubber disc with a flexible rim that works to prevent pregnancy by covering the cervix so sperm cannot reach the uterus.
  • Effectiveness: 84% to 94% for birth control, depending on consistent and correct use
  • Where to get one (a prescription is needed): At your local drug store
  • Diaphragms do not prevent the transmission of STIs therefore condoms should always be used during sexual activity.