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Birth Control Methods (cont.)

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Contraceptives after unprotected sex (morning after pill)

Contraceptives after unprotected sex are sometimes known as "morning after" pills. These drugs prevent pregnancy if taken within 72 hours after intercourse. This is also known as emergency contraception.

IUDs (intrauterine devices)

IUDs or intrauterine devices are implantable devices that create an environment in the lining tissues of the womb that is unfavorable for implantation of a fertilized egg.


The decision about what kind of birth control to use is extremely personal, and there is no single choice that is safest or best for all women or couples. A woman should carefully weigh the risks and benefits, along with the effectiveness, of each method before making a choice. A thorough and open discussion with your health care professional can help in this decision process.

REFERENCES: Birth control methods fact sheet. Unintended pregnancy prevention.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/17/2013

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