The Patch

The patch is a thin, beige piece of plastic that looks like a square BAND-AID®. It’s a little less than two inches across, and comes in one color.


For people 21 and older with a uterus, sterilization is a procedure that closes or blocks the fallopian tubes so pregnancy cannot occur.

The Implant

The implant – known by brand as Nexplanon – is a tiny rod that’s inserted under the skin of your upper arm.

Cervical Cap

Cervical caps are shallow, dome-shaped cups made of silicone. They’re off-white and about an inch and a half in diameter.


Diaphragms are shallow, dome-shaped cups made of latex or silicone. They’re off-white and only a few inches in diameter.

External Condoms

External condoms also known as male condoms are one of the most popular forms of birth control out there.

Emergency Contraception

Emergency Contraception also known as  “Plan B” can prevent a pregnancy before it starts.

Family Planning

Fertility Awareness-based methods—aka natural family planning—are all about tracking your menstrual cycle to determine the days that you can get pregnant.

Internal Condom

An internal condom is also known as a “female condom” it’s  a pouch you insert into your vagina.

IUD (Intrauterine Device) 

The IUD is a little, t-shaped piece of plastic that gets put in the uterus and messes with the way sperm can move, which prevents fertilization (sperm and egg meeting)

The Pill

The “Pill” is defined as “oral contraception.” You take it once a day, at the same time every day.

The Ring

The ring (brand name: NuvaRing) is a small, bendable ring that you insert into your vagina.

The Shot

The shot is just what it sounds like – an injection that keeps you from getting pregnant.


Spermicide describes a bunch of different creams, films, foams, gels, and suppositories that contain chemicals that stop sperm from moving.


The sponge is a round piece of white plastic foam with a little dimple on one side and a nylon loop across the top that looks like shoelace material.


Withdrawal is the oldest form of birth control on the planet – sometimes called “the pull out method”

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