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  1. 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 ...

  2. Topic Overview

    The following tables list some pros and cons of using hormonal birth control methods. Combination pills,skin patch,or vaginal ring (estrogen plus progestin) Pros Cons No interruption of foreplay or intercourse Reduced bleeding and cramping with periods,which lowers the risk of anemia Fewer or no periods (with certain types of pill) Reduced pain during ovulation Reduced risk of pelvic ...

  3. Intrauterine Device (IUD) for Birth Control

    The intrauterine device (IUD) is a long - term birth control method. Unlike IUDs that were used in the 1970s, present - day IUDs are small, safe, and highly effective.1An IUD is a small, T - shaped plastic device that is wrapped in copper or contains hormones. The IUD is inserted into your uterus by your health professional. A plastic string tied to the end of the IUD hangs down through the cervix

  4. Birth Control Implants

    WebMD explains the types and safety of birth control implants.

  5. Tubal Ligation and Tubal Implants

    Tubal ligation, often referred to as "having your tubes tied, " is a surgical procedure in which a woman's fallopian tubes are blocked, tied, or cut.

  6. Sexual Health, Birth Control, and Condoms

    Learn about condoms and their role in birth control and preventing sexually transmitted diseases.

  7. Birth Control and Depo-Provera

    Learn about the role that Depo-Provera, the contraceptive shot, plays in birth control.

  8. Birth Control and the Diaphragm

    Useful information about the diaphragm and how it's used for birth control.

  9. The Birth Control Sponge

    How is the contraceptive sponge used for birth control and how effective is it? Find out now.

  10. Birth Control Pills and Weight Gain

    Will the pill make you gain weight? It’s a myth. Get the facts on birth control and weight gain.

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