Birth control is any method used to prevent pregnancy. Another word for birth control is contraception (say "kon-truh-SEP-shun"). The only sure way to prevent pregnancy is to not have sex. But finding a good method of birth control can help you avoid an unplanned pregnancy.
Last Revised: October 9, 2012
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Femi Olatunbosun, MB, FRCSC - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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