Birth control is any method used to prevent pregnancy. Another word for birth control is contraception (say "kon-truh-SEP-shun"). The only sure way to prevent pregnancy is to not have sex. But finding a good method of birth control can help you avoid an unplanned pregnancy.
Medical Review:Sarah A. Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Femi Olatunbosun, MB, FRCSC, FACOG - Obstetrics and Gynecology, Reproductive Endocrinology