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Contraception

Pregnancy is possible from early teens until late 40ís. For those who do not desire to be pregnant, there are many options available to prevent pregnancy. Contraception options can be broken down into hormonal and non-hormonal. Non-hormonal options for birth control include barrier methods (condoms, diaphragm), withdrawl, natural family planning method, and a Paraguard IUD (also known as copper IUD). Choices for hormonal birth control include various kinds of oral birth control pills, skin patches, vaginal rings, depo-provera shot, implanon, and Mirena IUD. With the exception of copper IUD the hormonal methods of birth control are more effective at preventing pregnancy. All of the above contraceptive options are considered reversible and not permanent. Your physician can discuss your individual medical situation and the risks and benefits of each method of birth control with you.

Another option for contraception is permanent sterilization which is discussed separately.

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