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Sexual Health

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

Summary of Birth Control Methods

Birth Control Options

Effectiveness (%)
(Typical* - Perfect* Use)

Approximate Cost**

Male Condoms

85-98%

$5-12/pkg of 18

Female Condoms

79-95%

$5-15/pkg of 3

Diaphragm

84-94%

$30-50

Spermicide

71-82%

$6-15

Emergency Contraceptive Pill (ECP)

75-89%

$5-12

The Pill

92-99.7%

$5-35

Transdermal Patch

92-99.7%

$5-40

Vaginal Ring

92-99.7%

$18-30

Progestin Only Injectable

97-99.7%

$25-40

IUD

99.2-99.9%

$60-350


*Hatcher. R, et al. (2004). Contraceptive Technology, 18th Revised Edition. New York: Ardent Media Inc.
**Lower prices reflect those offered in some youth oriented clinics.