Choosing the Best Option
Methods of contraception include oral contraceptives (such as birth control pills), contraceptive vaginal rings, condoms, intrauterine devices (also called IUDs), injectable and implantable products, and sterilization.
Take the time to understand how each type of birth control works and how you use it. The type of birth control you use depends on your health and your desire to have children now or in the future. Your doctor can help you decide which type is best for you right now.
The most effective form of birth control is to not have sexual intercourse (abstinence), but there are many birth control options available.
Methods of Birth Control
In choosing a method of contraception, dual protection from the simultaneous risk for HIV and other STDs also should be considered. Although hormonal contraceptives and IUDs are highly effective at preventing pregnancy, they do not protect against STDs, including HIV.