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Contraception is a means of protecting women from becoming pregnant after having sex through a wide range of options. There are many contraception options available for women that may be permanent or temporary, and may be needed every time you have sex, every day or just once. Some of these options are more effective than others, but it is up to you decide which option is best for you.

Temporary contraceptive options are commonly used by women who would like to have children in the future, but are not ready to get pregnant yet.

They offer protection for as long as you choose and most are extremely effective in preventing pregnancy when used properly. There are several different options for temporary contraception depending on patients’ age, health, lifestyle and previous experience.

Some of the most popular temporary contraceptive options include:

  • Oral Contraceptives (Birth Control Pills, “The Pill”)
  • Condoms
  • Vaginal Ring
  • Intrauterine Device
  • Vaginal Sponge
  • Diaphragm
  • Skin Patch
  • Emergency Contraception (“The Morning After Pill”)

Women who have already had children, or those who know they will never want to may benefit from permanent birth control methods. These contraceptive options involve a surgical procedure that disrupts the natural fertilization process, usually by tying or cutting off access to the fallopian tubes.