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Male Birth Control Method #1: Condoms
Condoms are fairly self-explanatory. Just about every guy has used them at some point. They're cheap, easy to get (no need for a prescription), easy to carry and fairly convenient to use, and reasonably effective. But they're not highly effective. They don't even come close to the effectiveness of most birth control methods for women.
How effective are condoms? With "perfect use" (which means using them correctly and consistently), about 2 in every 100 couples will get pregnant over the course of a year. In "real-world" use, the rate is more like 18 out of 100. Those numbers are not great. But they're certainly better than using no birth control at all.
The big plus side to condoms is their ability to prevent sexually transmitted infections. In fact, unless you're in a monogamous relationship, you should be using condoms, even if your partner is using birth control too.
Male Birth Control Method #2: Withdrawal
Also known as the pullout method, this method is free, available to anybody at any time (no trips to the drug store necessary), completely free of side effects, and sometimes excruciating difficult. Some men are so in tune with their bodies that they can reliably withdraw before ejaculation every time. Others, however, will struggle to be able to pull out in time.
How effective is withdrawal? With perfect use, about four couples using withdrawal will get pregnant over the course of a year. With "real-world" use, the number is more like 27 out of 100. Slightly worse than condoms, but not by much.
One big problem is that the pre-ejaculate in some men contains sperm. For those men, withdrawal will be less effective. The trouble is there is really no way to know if your pre-ejaculate contains sperm. As a result, this method is best when avoiding pregnancy is not absolutely essential or when no other method is available (it's better than nothing). Another problem is that withdrawal doesn't prevent sexually transmitted infections.