Contraception (also known as “birth control”) comes in many different forms!
- Most forms of contraception, such as the Pill, or the Ring, do NOT protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and only reduce chances of pregnancy.
- Male/external condoms (made of latex or polyurethane) and female/internal condoms can help reduce the risk of STIs in addition to preventing pregnancy.
- Abstinence, commonly defined as “not engaging in vaginal, anal, or oral sex” is the only 100% effective way to prevent STIs and pregnancy. There are no medical or hormonal side effects, however, it can be difficult for some people to abstain from sex.
- The Health Education Office offers male/external condoms, female/internal condoms, dental dams, gloves, and Abstinence Kits for free to students!
For specific information on the different types of contraception available, and to compare methods, please visit Planned Parenthood.