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Birth Control Health Center

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  1. How Does Emergency Contraception Work?

    If you need emergency contraception, you have a lot of reliable options, but you must act quickly. Learn more about your emergency contraception choices and how they work.

  2. Emergency Contraception FAQ

    Get answers to frequently asked questions about emergency contraception: What’s available? Do I need a prescription? How soon must I use it? Are there side effects or long-term effects?

  3. 8 Questions for Your Doctor About Emergency Contraception

    Which type of emergency contraception will work best for you, and other questions you may have for your doctor or pharmacist.

  4. Emergency Contraception: What to Expect

    What’s it like to use emergency contraception? Whether you choose pills or an IUD, you’re probably wondering about pain, nausea, and side effects. Here’s what you’re likely to feel.

  5. Low-Dose and Ultra-Low-Dose Birth Control Pills

    Weighing your birth control options? Find answers to your questions about low-estrogen pills and what happens when you take less estrogen.

  6. Birth Control Pill Information

    From weight gain to no-period pills, these WebMD articles answer some of your most common questions about birth control pills.

  7. What Is the NuvaRing?

    If you're considering the NuvaRing for birth control, you'll want to know how it works, how effective it is, and what the side effects are.

  8. Birth Control and Sterilization

    WebMD explains various sterilization procedures for women and men.

  9. Vasectomy: What You Should Know

    A vasectomy is an operation for a man, so that their partner can’t get pregnant. Learn how well it works, how it's done, and more.

  10. Contraceptive Sponge for Birth Control - Topic Overview

    The intrauterine device (IUD) is a method of birth control that is placed in your uterus. It is a small, plastic, T-shaped device that contains copper or hormones. You can depend on an IUD to prevent pregnancy for 3 to 10 years, depending on the type. Your doctor will remove your IUD when it has reached its expiration date or if you have a medical problem. It's always your choice to have it removed sooner if you want to change birth control methods or plan to become pregnant. How is an IUD removed? An IUD removal normally takes just a few minutes. Most women find it is less painful or uncomfortable than having an IUD inserted. But ask your doctor if it's a good idea to take ibuprofen ahead of time in case of cramping. You will lie on the exam table on your back. Your feet will be in stirrups as they would be for a pelvic exam. Your doctor will insert a speculum into your vagina and look for the IUD strings. The strings usually come through the opening of your cervix. If they aren't

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