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    1. Permanent Birth Control: His and Her Options

      Three years after they got married, Alexandra Paul and her husband, Ian, wanted better birth control. Paul was fed up with side effects of the pill, so she switched to a diaphragm. But when contraceptive jelly gave her infections, she avoided using it. That put a crimp in their lovemaking. "Not havi

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    2. How Safe Is Your Birth Control?

      You use birth control to keep yourself from getting pregnant. But you may wonder how safe your form of protection is for your body. All methods of contraception are considered okay for healthy women. They're even safer than going through pregnancy and childbirth, says Colleen Krajewski, MD, an assis

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    3. Other Benefits of Birth Control Pills

      You know that birth control pills can keep you from getting pregnant. But the pill can have other benefits, too. One survey found that more than half of women who take birth control pills do so for reasons other than avoiding pregnancy. It can make your periods more regular. With the pill, you'll kn

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    4. Today's Natural Family Planning

      When you use natural family planning, you don’t have to worry about side effects or deal with refills or replacements. And if you decide you want to get pregnant, you can try right away. But does it really prevent pregnancy? And is it right for you? When you choose natural family planning, you're re

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    5. Stop Your Periods With Continuous Birth Control

      Are you tired of the monthly cramps, bloating, and all the other not-so-fun things that come with your period? Well, there’s a way to stop them -- for months or even years. The answer is in your birth control. Women often ask if it’s OK to stop their periods, says Tara Kumaraswami, MD, an assistant

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    6. Should I Get My Tubes Tied?

      If you know you're definitely done having babies, or you aren't interested in having any in the first place, never having to think about birth control again can give you a sense of freedom. That's why bilateral tubal ligation, also known as "getting your tubes tied," is the most popular form of birt

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    7. Surprise Pregnancy: Could It Happen to You?

      It happens more often than you might think. Almost half of all pregnancies in the U.S. are unplanned. “If you’re a woman and haven’t gone through menopause yet, then it’s possible for you to get pregnant,” says Siobhan Dolan, MD, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology and women’s health at Albert

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    8. The Truth About ‘The Pill’ and Your Sex Drive

      Not in the mood lately? Wonder if your birth control pills are affecting your sex drive? It's possible, but not likely. For most women, birth control pills don't affect their desire to have sex (libido). But if you've noticed a shift in your libido since you started taking "the pill," you can get yo

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    9. Do You Know Your Long-Term Birth Control Options?

      You don’t have to take a pill every day. There are birth control methods that last weeks, months, or even years with little effort on your part - and no surgery. They are safe and effective for most healthy women. Which one is best for you? “The best method of contraception for any woman is the meth

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    10. Where to Find Emergency Contraception

      Emergency contraception is safe, works well, and should now be available to anyone who needs it. But you have to know where to find it. The FDA has changed the rules about how pharmacies sell some types of emergency contraception. Before you walk into a drugstore, learn more about what's available.

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