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Contraception, also known as birth control, is the means by which pregnancy is deliberately prevented. There are many choices for contraception today that work in different ways in the body and provide different levels of effectiveness. These include medications, devices, and specific actions, or a combination of these.
Some methods of contraception, such as use of a condom, can also provide some level of protection against HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases, including gonorrhea, syphilis, Chlamydia, herpes, human papillomavirus (HPV). However, it is important to understand that the only contraceptive method that guarantees protection from sexually transmitted diseases is abstinence, or not participating in any sexually activity.
Your health care provider will complete a detailed assessment to evaluate your physical health, lifestyle, and desire for family planning before discussing contraception options and making recommendations for what method or methods are best for you.
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