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Contraception

College students today who are sexually active should consider using a barrier method to prevent transmission of a disease and a hormonal method to prevent pregnancy...so choosing a method of contraception is an important decision. 

Here's a brief list of what is on the market today.  For more detailed info on how it works, the effectiveness, benefits, things to consider and cost visit www.smartersex.org, a Website developed especially for college students; we think you will really like it.

Barrier Methods to Prevent Transmission of Diseases

  • Male Condom
  • Female Condom
  • Contraceptive Sponge
  • Cervical Cap
  • Diaphragm
  • Spermicides--creams, jellies, foam

Hormonal Methods to Prevent Pregnancy

  • Combined Pill
  • Progestin-only Pill
  • Norplant
  • Depo-Provera
  • Lunelle Shot
  • The Ring
  • The Patch
  • IUD

Most of the prescription methods are available at the Student Health Center, including emergency contraception.

Methods That Don't Work

  • Withdrawal
  • Rhythm
  • Intercourse during menstruation
  • The first time
  • Standing up immediately after sex
  • Douching after sex
  • Praying
  • Nothing