Considering your contraception options and choosing the best method for your needs is an important part of sexual health. CVS makes it easy to stock up on the type of contraceptive that you and your partner prefer. In this product selection, you'll find a diverse assortment of condoms and other contraceptives that can be delivered to your door.
Male condoms are a very popular form of contraceptive. Condoms are sheaths that are slipped over the penis once it is erect. A reservoir tip collects semen when the male ejaculates, helping to prevent it from entering the woman's reproductive system. When used as directed, condoms can be highly effective at preventing pregnancy. In addition, condoms help prevent the exchange of other bodily fluids and can lower the likelihood of contracting many sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV.
For women who prefer to be responsible for contraception, there are a number of products that are available for purchase over the counter. One option is the contraceptive sponge. The sponge is made out of foam material and is filled with spermicide, a substance that helps to kill sperm in semen. To use a sponge, you insert the foam into the vagina before sex. Then, it must be worn for at least 6 hours to help prevent semen from reaching an egg. Sponges can be effective at preventing pregnancy when used correctly; however, they do not prevent STIs. Contraceptive films and gels are also available to kill some sperm. These products are generally used as secondary rather than primary methods of birth control.
If your birth control fails or you have unprotected sex, emergency contraception can be used to help prevent pregnancy. Emergency contraception contains a high dose of hormones that can prevent or delay ovulation and many prevent an egg from becoming fertilized. For emergency contraception to be effective, it must generally be taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex. Because this medication can cause side effects, it is a good idea to consult our doctor before using an emergency contraceptive.
Contraceptives are most effective when used correctly. To ensure best results, follow the directions provided with the contraceptive that you purchase. Keep in mind that most contraceptives are only intended for one use. You should never wash out and reuse condoms. If you're uncertain which type of contraceptive is the best option for your needs, you can discuss your sexual health concerns with your medical provider.
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