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Choosing birth control

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Birth control is not just for women. Birth control is also for men! Both women and men can control whether they become parents.

Every couple has different birth control needs. So the best birth control method for every couple may be different.

Before you choose a birth control method, here are some things to think about:

  • How important is it that you don't get pregnant? Would it be a total disaster if you were pregnant? Or OK, but just not quite the right moment?
  • How well does the birth control method work? What's the 'failure rate'?
  • Could the birth control method have side effects for you or your partner?
  • How soon would you like to have children?

See Birth control methods to find out more about the different methods, their pros and cons, and how well they work.