How Much Do You Know About Birth Control?
The HealthCentral Editorial Team | July 31, 2009
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True or false: I want to get pregnant at some point in the future but not now. The only reversible birth control methods are condoms and diaphragms.
There are many other reversible forms of birth control available, including birth control pills, the patch, the vaginal ring, intrauterine devices, implants, and more.
True or false: I am 25 years old and have adult onset acne and premenstrual syndrome (PMS). The pill will not only help me prevent a pregnancy, but it will also help me with those other complaints.
Often, birth control pills can help with other symptoms, including PMS, acne, and irregular cycles.
True or false: A pelvic infection or sexually transmitted disease makes you a poor candidate for an IUD.
If you had an STD or pelvic infection in the past, you're probably fine to get an IUD. But having an active infection means it's not the best time to get an IUD.
True or false: A condom can not only protect you from becoming pregnant, it can also 100 percent protect you from herpes transmission from your partner (or prevent you from passing herpes to him).
While condoms greatly reduce the risk of herpes transmission, herpes may affect areas not covered by a condom, so the protection isn't a 100 percent guarantee.
True or false: The only permanent birth control is a vasectomy for men.
Vasectomy is one option for permanent birth control, but women can also have tubal occlusion done (often called "getting your tubes tied"). Both methods are highly effective, permanent forms of birth control.
True or false: If I have unprotected sex or my birth control method fails, my only option, if I do not want to get pregnant, is an abortion.
If you have unprotected sex or your birth control method fails, you can take emergency contraception to prevent pregnancy. Some forms of emergency contraception, like the "Plan B One-Step" pill, are available over the counter to anyone of any age.