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Over-the-Counter Options

Over the counter birth control options are simple to use, low cost and convenient. They can easily be stored in a purse or drawer, and can be used during sexual foreplay. Last, they do not require a prescription or visit with your Oakdale ObGyn provider.

There are several types of birth control options that can be bought “over the counter”. They typically are available at your local pharmacy and are conveniently purchased at a low cost. They include:

  • Spermicides: A spermicide is a chemical birth control method that stops sperm from moving. They may be used alone or together with another birth control method. Spermicides come in many different forms (foam, jelly, film, suppositories, or creams) and must be inserted deep into the vagina before sex to be effective. Spermicides do not protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
    • It’s good to know that some people may experience an allergic reaction or occasional irritation. If this happens to you, we recommend switching to another brand.
  • Condoms: Condoms offer a physical barrier to pregnancy. There are two types: latex condoms, which are used by men, and female condoms, used by women.
    • Latex condoms come in many shapes, sizes and colors and may be used dry, lubricated or with a spermicide. They are placed over the penis before sex, preventing the sperm from joining with an egg. Condoms protect against some sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
    • A female condom is a pouch with flexible rings at each end that is inserted into the vagina before sex to prevent pregnancy. One ring remains outside of the vagina during sex while the other helps to capture semen after ejaculation. This type of condom protects against some STIs.

Pregnancy can occur if not used exactly as directed. It’s estimated at 2 out of 100 will become pregnant using over the counter birth control options. Over the counter birth control methods need to be used exactly as directed to be most effective in preventing pregnancy. They also can be messy and cause irritation in one or both partners.

If you would like to try an over-the-counter birth control option, talk with your provider at one of our clinics in Maple Grove, Blaine, Plymouth, Crystal, or your local pharmacist.

Understanding Risks

Pregnancy can occur if not used exactly as directed. It’s estimated at 2 out of 100 will become pregnant using over the counter birth control options. Over the counter birth control methods need to be used exactly as directed to be most effective in preventing pregnancy. They also can be messy and cause irritation in one or both partners.

Where We See You

If you would like to try an over-the-counter birth control option, talk with your provider at one of our clinics in Maple Grove, Blaine, Plymouth, Crystal, or your local pharmacist.

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