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May 7, 2007

Which Birth Control Method Fits Your Life?

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Photo Credit: Leah-Anne Thompson/iStock Images

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Single and hooking up
With your work-all-day/party-all-night life, you can barely keep track of your cell phone, much less the name of that shag last week. You’d rather die than be tied down—by a guy or a baby—hell, you don’t have health insurance.
You need: Cheap, reliable birth control and protection from sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Latex condoms are a must. Consider backing up with the Pill, the patch, or the implant.

Between partners
You’re in a dry spell, but who cares? You’ve got that whole group you bike with, brunch with, blog about. You’re cautious about things (you don’t even send personal e-mails from work). You want to be ready, but a daily pill feels like overkill—though a baby would be worse.
You need: Condoms for STD protection when the time comes. Also consider the ring or a diaphragm/cervical cap as backup.

Happy (and horny) together
You boinked on the kitchen table, on the fire escape, in the hallway—and that was just last night. Celebs stay off coke better than you stay off each other—babies would totally crash the party.
You need: Hormonal methods, like the Pill, the ring, the Mirena IUD, the implant, the patch, or injections, which allow for plenty of whenever-wherever sex.

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