Nine Contraception Methods & Options: Many people who are sexually active but not ready to conceive have many options for contraceptive (birth control) methods. It is important to choose the option you and/or your partner feel most comfortable with. Talk with your doctor about the different methods of contraception and their symptoms or side effects. This may help you decide what may work best for you, whether you only want a temporary or permanent solution. Each method has its own effectiveness and learning more about them can help you understand how to use them properly.