Crisis Pregnancy Centers: Misinformation and Deceptive Practice

Note: If you or someone you know is seeking an abortion, we recommend researching ahead of time to ensure the clinic you visit is a medically licensed abortion provider, not a Crisis Pregnancy Center. Visit the National Abortion Federation website to find abortion providers in your area and read our article on “Finding a Reputable Abortion Clinic.”  When…

An Overview of Birth Control

What Is Birth Control? The term “birth control” refers to a broad spectrum of methods that partners engaging in sexual activity use to prevent pregnancy. The most common types of birth control are hormonal methods, barrier methods, surgical procedures, withdrawal, and abstinence. In the United States, over 40% of women are using some form of…

Important Phone Numbers/Resources

SexInfo Online has compiled a list of resources for those in search of assistance, information, and help on various topics including pregnancy, sexual health, and mental health. This article contains resources and phone numbers that can connect you or a loved one with organizations that are knowledgeable ready to help. The list we provide is…

Surgical Abortions

Surgical abortion—also commonly known as suction or vacuum aspiration—is a method that uses a vacuum aspiration machine to cleanse out the uterus, including the fetus. Surgical abortion is the most common method of first trimester abortions performed. Another option for abortion during the first trimester is a medically-induced abortion. Any abortion after the first trimester…

Internal Condom

The internal condom, like the external condom, is a barrier method of contraception. When worn during sex, the internal condom lines the entire interior of the vagina, preventing semen from entering the uterus and potentially fertilizing an egg. By shielding the walls of the vagina or anus from semen and other bodily fluids, the internal condom also helps…

Contraceptive Sponge

The contraceptive sponge is a small, disposable polyurethane foam device that contains absorbed spermicide. It is soft, circular, and concave in shape, and it has an attached cotton loop used for insertion and removal.1,2 Before intercourse, the sponge must be inserted deep into the vagina and placed over the cervical opening in order to prevent pregnancy by killing sperm before…

Cervical Cap

The cervical cap or contraceptive cap is a barrier method of birth control. It is a small silicone cup that is inserted into the vagina in order to prevent pregnancy. A suction mechanism allows the cap to sit over the cervix, blocking sperm from entering the uterus and preventing fertilization. For people with vaginas who…