Birth Control Methods
What Are the Types and Option of Birth Control?
Discuss your birth control needs and preferences with your health care provider. Many methods are available from your doctor and can be arranged for during an office visit. Some options, such as a diaphragm (used with spermicide) or a cervical cap (also used with spermicide), require fitting, which can also be done during an office visit. An intrauterine device (IUD) must be placed by a health care professional.
Examples of types and options of birth control include:
Natural Family Planning/Rhythm Method
- Barrier Methods
- Contraceptive Sponge
- Diaphragm, Cervical Cap, and Cervical Shield
- Female Condom
- Male Condom
- Oral Contraceptives - Combined pill ("The pill")
- Oral Contraceptives - Progestin-only pill ("Mini-pill")
- The Patch
- Vaginal Ring
- Implantable Rods
- Intrauterine Devices
Permanent Birth Control Methods
- Sterilization Implant
- Surgical Sterilization
SOURCE: womenshealth.gov. Birth Control Methods.