Sexuality and intimacy is a natural part of life and as a consequence, people have used birth control methods for thousands of years. Today, we have many safe and effective birth control methods available to us.  contraception cartoon   In the United States, almost half of all pregnancies are unintended. Several safe and highly effective methods of contraception (birth control) are available to prevent unintended pregnancy.  In the United States, most women of reproductive age use birth control. The most popular method of birth control is the oral contraceptive pill, used by over 10 million women in the United States, followed by female sterilization, condoms, male sterilization, and other methods of birth control. About 6% of women have ever used emergency contraception. Since the turn of the century, several new methods of birth control have become available in the United States, including the levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system, the hormonal contraceptive patch, the hormonal contraceptive ring, the hormonal implant, a 91-day regimen of oral contraceptives, two new barrier methods, and a new form of female sterilization. In the section on types of birth control, we give an extensive list of the various types, along with some valuable information on use and effectiveness. Also, in some case where no birth control was used during sex, or if the birth control method failed (e.g. a condom broke), emergency contraception can be used after the fact, and valuable information can be found in the section on emergency contraception. However, once fertilization has taken place, a women must make a tough decision whether to terminate the pregnancy or not. In either case, many factors play into the decision, and information is needed in order to choose what is the right course of action for oneself.  In the section on abortion, adoption and pregnancy, you will find information relative to the decision on whether to terminate or continue the pregnancy. Finally, you can go to our resource page to find information on places to go in case you have questions concerning your specific case, or if you just need more general information.