Birth Control, Explained

There are more birth control options than ever before, including various types of hormonal pills, condoms, IUDs, and more. Find out which one is right for you.

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16 Worst Birth Control Mistakes

Bungling birth control is all too common. In fact, half of all pregnancies in the United States are unintended. Yikes. To make sure you can count on your contraceptive, here are the potential pitfalls.
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The Best Birth Control for You Now

Whether you’re still in single mode or done with the whole kid thing, there are new ways to prevent a whoops pregnancy. Find the option that fits your life.
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7 Common Birth Control Side Effects

Hormone-based birth control often comes with side effects that can range from slightly annoying to bad enough to make you switch. You may not know what you can tolerate until you've given a couple of them a try.
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How Many Times Can You Actually Take Plan B? Asking For a Friend

Is taking Plan B a couple or even countless times bad for your long-term health? Here's what the experts say.
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What Exactly Is a Vasectomy? Here's What You Need to Know

What happen during surgery, how much it costs, if it's effective birth control, whether it can be reversed, and more.
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I Gained 15 Pounds After Going on the Pill—So I Spoke to Gynecologists to Find Out Why

Jazmine Polk, 23, had always been thin and active. But five months after going on oral contraceptives, she no longer fit into her joggers. Was the Pill behind her weight gain—or something else?
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7 Guys Explain Everything They Know About Birth Control

Are men really that clueless about birth control? We asked them.