- The contraceptive pill is a very popular and successful method. It is almost 100% successful if used as directed.
- The birth control patch, which releases the same hormones as the pill, also works very well. You wear it on your skin for 3 weeks, have a break for 1 week, then apply a new patch.
- The birth control shot protects against pregnancy for 3 months, and some reports say that it is actually better than the pill.
All of these methods require a script from the doctor.