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2. Condoms

The condom is by far the most commonly used form of birth control, because it’s the only form of birth control that both prevents pregnancy AND protects against most STDs. It’s also readily available at most convenience or drug stores. Condoms are typically made from latex, but also come in polyurethane, polyisoprene and animal skin varieties.

Animal skin condoms do protect against pregnancy, but do not protect against STDs. Latex condoms do not protect against genital herpes and HPV. 

And condoms aren’t just for guys. The female condom is inserted into the vagina, covering the cervix. To reduce the risk of pregnancy while using a condom, you can use it with a separately applied vaginal spermicide.

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