What is birth control?

Birth control, the pill, contraception – people say it and everyone just nods along but what does it actually mean?

Birth control (contraception is the medical term) is anything that we use to control IF or WHEN people get pregnant. It can be for girls or guys. It can be things you do days or months in advance or something you use right before you have sex. Not having sex at all also counts as a method of controlling when you get pregnant.