What Does Contraception Mean?

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Article updated and reviewed by Christina S. Chu, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Gynecologic Oncology, University of Pennsylvania on May 10, 2005.

Contraception is the use of artificial or natural means to prevent conception, or pregnancy.

There are various contraceptive methods available today. The most common artificial methods are male/female condoms, spermicides, sponge, diaphragm, cervical cap, oral contraceptives (birth control pills),...

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