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Birth Control

We can help you understand these 6 methods of birth control. Click on one below to learn more.

 

Birth Control Appointments

Greensboro Pregnancy Care Center offers informative appointments to help you understand birth control and contraceptives better. It can be a confusing topic! No matter where you are in life, one of our nurses would be happy to speak with you. We have found that many people—including church members, singles, married couples, and more—have questions about birth control.

We do not refer for or provide birth control. We do, however, advocate for sexual risk avoidance. The only 100% effective way to avoid risks involved with sexual activity is to wait until you’re in a lifelong, committed, monogamous relationship with an uninfected partner of the opposite sex (typically called marriage in our culture).

Make an appointment with us today. We look forward to serving you!

Not Having Sex

Abstinence Method

How The Method Works

 

Saying no when there’s opportunity to engage in any sexual behaviors outside of a life-long, committed, monogamous relationship with an uninfected partner of the opposite sex (marriage).

Prevents Pregnancy

 

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Protection Against STDs

 

Full Protection, No Risk

How The Method Is Used

 

Choosing not to engage in sexual behaviors outside of marriage.

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How Often The Method Is Used

 

Every time there is an opportunity to engage in sexual behaviors, and planning ahead so as not to put oneself in risky situations.

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Potential Side Effects

 

None

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Other Considerations

 

Protects you physically, but also emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. It encourages future thinking, and respects your future spouse. This is the only 100% healthy form of birth control.

Withdrawal

Natural Method

How The Method Works

 

Withdrawal happens when the penis is pulled completely out of the vagina before ejaculation (the large amount of sperm that is released during intercourse).

Prevents Pregnancy

 

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Protection Against STDs

 

No Protection

How The Method Is Used

 

Pull penis out of vagina before ejaculation

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How Often The Method Is Used

 

Every time you have sex

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Potential Side Effects

 

None

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Other Considerations

 

Some men produce pre-ejaculate fluid that contains sperm, which could fertilize an egg. This is not a reliable form of birth control.

Rhythm/Basal

Natural Method

How The Method Works

 

Women keep track of their body’s normal cycle, and abstain from sex 5 days before ovulation and three days after ovulation (or use a barrier method during this time). This would prevent the sperm from fertilizing an egg.

Prevents Pregnancy

 

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Protection Against STDs

 

No Protection

How The Method Is Used

 

Charts body temperature; watches for cervical mucus; keeps track of cycle

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How Often The Method Is Used

 

Daily

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Potential Side Effects

 

None

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Other Considerations

 

Works best for women with very regular cycles. There is a fertility window of 12-24 hours, and sperm can live in a woman’s body 3-5 days.

Diaphragm

Barrier Method

How The Method Works

 

The diaphragm covers the cervix, preventing the sperm from entering the uterus. When using with spermicide it works to kill sperm, creating another barrier to prevent sperm from entering the uterus.

Prevents Pregnancy

 

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Protection Against STDs

 

No Protection

How The Method Is Used

 

Place inside vagina

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How Often The Method Is Used

 

Every time you have sex

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Potential Side Effects

 

If used with spermicide, some women may have an allergic reaction.

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Other Considerations

 

Will need to get a prescription and fitted with a medical provider. Most effective with spermicide. Increased risk for UTIs.

Male Condoms

Barrier Method

How The Method Works

 

The condom covers the man’s penis, and catches his sperm so it does not enter into the woman’s uterus.

Prevents Pregnancy

 

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Protection Against STDs

 

Can Reduce Risk

How The Method Is Used

 

Place over penis

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How Often The Method Is Used

 

Every time you have sex

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Potential Side Effects

 

Some may be allergic to latex and have to use synthetic condoms.

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Other Considerations

 

There could be lack of cooperation by men, thus making male condom use impossible. In addition, there could be breakage of the condom during intercourse, or failure to use condom correctly.

Female Condoms

Barrier Method

How The Method Works

 

The condom covers the vaginal wall and cervix, creating a barrier for the sperm so it does not enter into the uterus.

Prevents Pregnancy

 

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Protection Against STDs

 

Can Reduce Risk

How The Method Is Used

 

Place inside vagina

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How Often The Method Is Used

 

Every time you have sex

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Potential Side Effects

 

Some may be allergic to latex and have to use synthetic condoms.

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Other Considerations

 

Most effective with spermicide. May be uncomfortable for some women and cause noise during intercourse.

Female

Serilization Method

How The Method Works

 

This method works by blocking or sealing the fallopian tubes, preventing an egg from reaching the uterus and preventing the sperm from reaching an egg. Thus, prevents fertilization.

Prevents Pregnancy

 

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Protection Against STDs

 

No Protection