What is birth control?
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Contraception, also known as birth control, is used to prevent pregnancy. There are many different types available and they are often chosen based on an individuals’ needs, medical history, side effects, cost, effectiveness, lifestyle, and personal preferences.
They are generally grouped into these categories:
- Barrier methods
- Hormonal methods
- Surgical methods (permanent methods)
For information about specific birth control options, the following link will take you to York Region Public Health’s page on Sexual Health Resources. You can then filter the table by the category of your choice (e.g., select Birth Control Methods for information on the various methods):