Birth control has been a popular way for men and women to prevent unintended pregnancy for many years. Today, there are many safe and effective birth control methods available to us, from condoms to pills to insertable devices like IUDs, contraceptive sponges and the Nuvaring.

Effectiveness is an important and common concern when choosing a birth control method. Some birth control methods work better than others. Our infographic below outlines popular contraceptives, and their effectiveness at preventing unintended pregnancy when they are used correctly. Keep in mind that condoms are the only birth control method that protects against STDS, and should be used even if you are on the pill, or currently using another method.

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If the condom breaks, you have unprotected sex, or your birth control method fails, consider picking up an emergency contraceptive like Morning After™ Levonorgestrel Tablet, 1.5 mg to reduce the chances of pregnancy. Levonorgestrel pills like Morning After are up to 89% effective when taken within 72 hours, or three days, after sex, and the sooner it’s taken, the better. Morning After works to safely and effectively prevent pregnancy by providing an elevated dose of the same hormone (Levonorgestrel) found in most daily-use oral contraceptives. It can be purchased over the counter at local drug stores- prescription or ID needed.

If you experience any of the following, we recommend that you see your doctor: unexplained bleeding, pain when you pee, unusual discharge, itching, or sores in your genital area.