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  1. The Ortho Evra Birth Control Patch

    Learn more about Ortho Evra, the birth control patch.

  2. Birth Control Pills and Weight Gain

    WebMD dispels the myth that birth control pills cause weight gain - and explains how it got started.

  3. Birth Control and Vaginal Contraceptive Film

    WebMD explains vaginal contraceptive film and its role in preventing pregnancy.

  4. Sexual Health, Birth Control, and Spermicides

    WebMD explains the role that spermicides play in birth control and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases.

  5. Birth Control and the Rhythm Method

    WebMD explains the rhythm method of birth control.

  6. Missing Birth Control Pills

    Forget to take your birth control pills? Find out from WebMD.

  7. Topic Overview

    The levonorgestrel (LNg) intrauterine device (IUD) releases small amounts of levonorgestrel,a form of progesterone,into the uterus each day. This type of IUD reduces cramping and heavy menstrual bleeding. And it is a highly effective method of birth control. It must be replaced every 5 years to ensure that hormone release continues at a level that helps you. How well does it work? Most ...

  8. Progestin for Emergency Contraception

    Drug details for Emergency contraception.

  9. Topic Overview

    The female condom is a tube of soft plastic with a closed end. Both ends have a ring or rim. The ring at the closed end is inserted deep into the vagina over the cervix,like a diaphragm,to hold the tube in place. The ring at the open end remains outside the opening of the vagina. A new female condom is used with each act of sexual intercourse. It can be inserted up to 8 hours before sexual ...

  10. Topic Overview

    Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are spread by sexual contact involving the genitals, mouth, or rectum, and can also be spread from a pregnant woman to her fetus before or during delivery. STDs, which affect both men and women, are a worldwide public health concern. While most STDs can be cured, some cannot, including HIV (which causes AIDS), genital herpes, and human papillomavirus (HPV), ...

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