Your ultimate guide, from abstinence to the IUD.

Alexandra Sifferlin, heather-jones-time-com
November 13, 2015

There are lots of options when it comes to birth control, and federal data on American women reveals that more and more of them—11.6%—are choosing long-acting methods like IUDs and implants. As recently as 2006-2010, just 6% of women reported using such methods.

We’ve rounded up all the various options women and men have when it comes to preventing pregnancy, how each method works, and how effective they are.

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