Birth control is an umbrella term for any method that prevents pregnancy. However, while pregnancy prevention is birth control’s main purpose, some forms of birth control can also treat other health concerns, including acne, endometriosis, ovarian cysts and polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).
There are several different types of birth control. Some forms create a barrier between the egg and the sperm, while others use synthetic hormones to prevent pregnancy. Methods of birth control include: