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Birth Control - Overview

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What health issues might limit your choices?

Some birth control methods may not be safe for you, depending on your health. To make sure a method is right for you, your doctor will need to know if you:

How can you get birth control?

You can buy:

  • Condoms, sponges, and spermicides without a prescription at drugstores.
  • Emergency contraception without a prescription at most drugstores if you are 15 or older.

You need to see a doctor or other health professional to:

  • Get a prescription for birth control pills and other methods that use hormones.
  • Have an IUD inserted.
  • Be fitted for a diaphragm or cervical cap.

Frequently Asked Questions

Learning about birth control:

For teens only:

Using birth control:

What should I know about:

Advantages and disadvantages:

How-to questions:

Ongoing concerns:

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Last Updated: May 22, 2013
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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