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Barrier forms of birth control are methods of birth control that are only used during sexual intercourse. Typically, they prevent the sperm from entering the uterus, either by blocking the path, or by killing the sperm cells before they can enter.
Barrier forms of birth control differ from other kinds of contraceptive in that they are only used during sexual intercourse, and are not taken orally. Types of barrier method birth control include diaphragms, cervical caps, male condoms, female condoms, spermicidal lubes, foams and jellies, as well as sponges. The only types of barrier forms of birth control that protect against STIs and HIV are female and male condoms.