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    Birth Control - Topic Overview

    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.

    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:

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: July 18, 2014
    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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