Talk:Birth control

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Barrier Methods[edit]

  • Male condom: latex condoms are the most effective method of preventing STDs. 85% effective against pregnancy, increased to 95% if used with intravaginal spermicide - higher effectiveness (99%) when used as directed.
  • Female Condom
  • Sponge: 85% effectiveness
  • Cervical cap: about 85% effectiveness
  • Diaphragm: about 84% effectiveness
  • Shield: 85% effectiveness

Hormonal Methods[edit]

  • Oral Contraceptive Pills (OCPs): 92-99% effective when used as directed <-can we add a juvenile blow job joke here? And based on personal research, is every bit as effective.
  • Depoprogesterone (Depo-Provera): 97% effective
  • Vaginal ring (Nuva Ring): 92% effective
  • "Rhythm method" (also sometimes referred to as a method of "timed abstinence"): low effectiveness
  • Patch: 99.7% effective


  • Copper Intrauterine device (IUD): 99% effectiveness
  • Hormonal Intrauterine device: over 99% effectiveness
  • Withdrawal: low effectiveness
  • Spermicide: about 70% effectiveness when used alone
  • Male Sterilization
  • Female Sterilization

Religious Perspectives[edit]

In general, the Catholic Church is opposed to contraception other than abstinence. Other Christian denominations vary. Jewish Law traditionally opposes birth control although it is generally held that as long as a couple is planning to have children, the concept of planned parenthood or spacing of births does not constitute a religious problem. Some methods of contraception are not permitted because of the injunction against "the destruction of seed." For example, contemporary Orthodox rabbinical authority has expressed no objection to the use of the OCP but the use of condoms is forbidden, as are some IUDs.[1] Islamic views are quite diverse; there is no single attitude to contraception within Islam, however eight of the nine classic schools of Islamic law permit it. Egyptian scholars have argued that any method that has the same purpose as 'azl (the withdrawal method), that is, preventing conception, is acceptable, so long as it does not have a permanent effect.[2]
  1. What is the Jewish position on contraception and abortion? SCJ FAQ Accessed July 16 2007
  2. "Islamic views on contraception" BBC: Religion & Ethics Accessed July 16 2007