Birth Control Methods Found Over the Counter
A male condom should snugly fit over a man's erect penis during sex. It is the only contraceptive option for men other than a vasectomy. Condoms are the only birth control method that can help protect against STIs.
- All About Male Condoms
- Top 10 Condom Myths
- Before You Buy Condoms
- How To Put a Condom on with Your Mouth
- The Sir Richard's Condom Company Buy One/Give One Initiative
- Share Your Tip: Where Do You Store Your Condoms?
- Condom Quiz
- Responding to Men's Condom Excuses
- Determining Penis and Condom Size
- Share: Concerned About How Companies Make Condoms?
- Share: What Was Your Man's Condom Excuse?
- Condom Size Chart
Lots of people use condoms -- they are easy to find, inexpensive and simple to use. If you have any questions about condom use, make sure you know the answers before using a condom.
- How Do I Correctly Put On a Condom?
- Do Condom Sizes Really Matter?
- How Do I Choose a Condom?
- Are Two Condoms Better Than One?
- Wondering What Condoms Are Made Of?
- Do I Need a Condom for Pool or Hot Tub Sex?
- Is There a Way to Correctly Store Condoms?
Types of Condoms
When you are choosing types of condoms, it's important to think about what you are going to be using them for. Male condoms come in many shapes, styles, lengths, widths and strengths for condom use. Most condoms offer contraceptive protection but there are also novelty types that are just for fun.
- Different Types/Styles of Condoms
- Latex Condoms
- Polyurethane Condoms
- SKYN – Non Latex Condoms
- Lambskin Condoms
- Share Your Opinion: What Are Your Favorite Condom Types?
- Sensis Condoms
- Kimono MicroThin Condoms Plus Aqua Lube
- Sir Richard's Condoms
- KYNG Extra Large Condoms
- What are the Best Condoms or the Worst Condoms?
Female condoms are polyurethane (plastic) pouches with flexible rings at each end. They collect semen and prevent the sperm from entering the woman's body. Female condoms can be helpful in the protection against many sexually transmitted diseases.
- New Female Condom Wins FDA Approval
- FDA Panel Endorses a New Female Condom
- Effectiveness: Compare the Female Condom to Other OTC Contraceptives
The sponge is a soft, round barrier device that is about two inches in diameter. It is made of solid polyurethane foam, contains spermicide, and has a nylon loop attached to the bottom for removal. It covers the cervix (opening to the uterus), and it blocks sperm from entering it. Although taken off the market in 1995 and then again in 2008, the sponge is now available as a reversible method of birth control.
- What is the Sponge?
- Where Can I Buy Today Sponge?
- Inserting the Today Sponge
- The Sponge and Other Over-the-Counter Choices
Spermicide is a contraceptive method that immobilizes sperm. It can bebought over-the-counter. Vaginal contraceptives are available in several forms: spermicidal jelly, cream, foam, tablets, suppositories, the sponge, and film.
- Definition of Spermicide
- Types of Spermicide
- VCF: Vaginal Contraceptive Film
- Contraceptive Sponge
Personal lubricants are specialized lubricants that help reduce friction during sexual intercourse. Water-based lubricants are water soluble, safe to use with latex condoms and are the most widely available personal lubricant on the market.
- Wet Gellee
- Silicone-Based Lubricants
- Product Review: Wet Naturals Beautifully Bare Water Lubricant
- Lubricants for Water Sex
- Product Review: Astroglide Personal Lubricant
Morning After Pill
Plan B One-Step (and its two generic alternatives, My Way and Next Choice One Dose) consist of one progestin-only birth control pill. These morning-after pills have be approved by the FDA specifically for emergency contraception, and are available OTC.
- Plan B One-Step
- Next Choice One Dose
- My Way
- Where and How to Buy the Morning-After Pill
- Who Can Buy the Morning-After Pill?
- How to Correctly Use the Morning-After Pill
- How Plan B Works
- Tummino v. Hamburg
- Current Morning-After Pill Legislation
There are many different types and brands of home pregnancy tests, but they all work in the same way: They check a woman's urine for presence of hCG hormone. Blood pregnancy tests check for the same hCG hormone, only these detect the hormone in the blood and must be performed at a doctor's office. Learn about pregnancy tests, when to take them, and how accurate they are.