Barrier Methods of Birth Control Directory
Barrier methods of birth control prevent sperm from getting into the uterus. Examples of barrier methods include male and female condoms, sponges, and diaphragms. Spermicides are often used along with barrier methods to kill the sperm. In addition, condoms can help prevent STDs, so this method is recommended for safe sex. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how barrier methods of birth control are used, pros and cons, and much more.
Non-Hormonal Birth Control Options
Not all women want or can use hormonal contraceptives like the pill. Here are hormone-free birth control options.
Birth Control: Is the Diaphragm Right for You?
The diaphragm is one of the oldest forms of birth control. Is it still a good choice? Here's how to use it and how well it works.
What Is the Cervical Shield?
WebMD describes the cervical shield method of birth control, how it works, effectiveness and side effects.
Birth Control: How Effective Is the Cervical Cap (FemCap)?
Are you considering using the cervical cap (FemCap) for birth control? Check on how effective it is, where you get it, and whether you need a prescription.
Condoms: A Virtual Orgy of Sizes, Shapes, and Tastes
Condoms: An overview of sizes, shapes, textures, tastes, and effectiveness; and 10 tips for getting the best protection from them.
Surprise Pregnancy: Could It Happen to You?
Almost half of all pregnancies in the U.S. are unplanned. Find out how this happens so often, from user error to irregular periods.
Safe Sex After 50: Preventing STDs, Using Condoms, and More
WebMD article on preventing STDs in adults in middle-age and beyond.
Slideshows & Images
Slideshow: The History of Birth Control
They put what where? From chastity belts to soda pop, women used some downright bizarre contraception through the ages.
Slideshow: Your Birth Control Options
See the mechanics, side effects, and failure rates for common birth control methods in this illustrated slideshow. Withdrawal, hormones, the IUD, and many more are explained with pictures.
Slideshow: Pictures and Facts About STDs
See what herpes, genital warts, the clap, chlamydia, scabies, HIV/AIDS, and other STDs look like. Find out their symptoms and what you can do.