Birth control (also known as contraception) is an age-old concern. Long before the introduction of "The Pill" in the 1960s, men and women were using condoms and other forms of birth control to avoid pregnancy. Today, there are more methods of safe and effective birth control than ever—from pills and patches to condoms and diaphragms. Choosing the right birth control method for you is a personal decision based on your lifestyle, budget, and needs.