Types of contraceptives
Please be advised: Our Fact Sheets are currently under review. We will post below as we update them. If you have any questions about a contraceptive method please contact our Sex Sense Line at 1-800-SEX-SENSE or book an appointment with an Opt clinic.
Intrauterine Device (IUD) Fact Sheet
There are many types of contraceptives available today to allow individuals to choose the type of birth control that best fits their lifestyle and budget.
This chart showing the relative effectiveness of each method may be helpful when making your decision.
Contraceptive methods can be roughly divided into five types:
- Hormonal methods
- Barrier methods (chemical and physical)
- Intrauterine Device (IUD) (Copper & Hormonal)
- Natural Methods
- Emergency Contraception
- oral (plan B)