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The methods available at drug or grocery stores include external and internal condoms, the sponge and spermicides. Withdrawal and fertility awareness (also called natural family planning) are other methods that do not require a prescription. But just be aware that these are among the least effective methods available. Another option is choosing not to have sex.

Take a look at our Birth Control Method Selector to get the lowdown on these methods and more.

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Building Healthy Futures:

The Campaign to Prevent Unintended Pregnancy in New York City sponsored by Planned Parenthood of New York City and partners

FOUNDING PARTNERS: Bronx District Public Health Office, NYC Dept of Health & Mental Hygiene • The Bronx Health Link • Hostos Community College • Montefiore Medical Center • Planned Parenthood® of New York City • The Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation (WHEDco)

Thanks to our friends at Bedsider.org and Beforeplay.org for sharing information and tools in this website