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    1. 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.

    2. Birth Control and Sterilization

      WebMD explains various sterilization procedures for women and men.

    3. 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.

    4. 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.

    5. 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

    6. Plan B One-Step

      WebMD discusses what Plan B is, why it's used, and its effectiveness and side effects.

    7. 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

    8. What to Do About Missed or Skipped Birth Control Pills - Topic Overview

      Birth control methods have high rates of effectiveness if they are used consistently. Follow your health professional's instructions on what to do if you miss or skip your birth control pills. Some general guidelines are listed here. Combination (estrogen plus progestin) birth control pills Always read the pill label for specific instructions. Or call your doctor. How likely pregnancy is ...

    9. Birth Control - Topic Overview

      Choosing the birth control method that's right for you can be complicated. There are lots of things to consider,such as your lifestyle and your health. These stories are based on information gathered from health professionals and consumers. They may be helpful as you make important health decisions about the birth control method you choose. Barrier methods Jennifer,age 25,and Ben,age 30: ...

    10. Birth Control - Topic Overview

      What is a birth control implant? The implant is used to prevent pregnancy. It's a thin rod about the size of a matchstick that is inserted under the skin (subdermal) on the inside of your arm. The implant releases the hormone progestin to prevent pregnancy. Progestin prevents pregnancy in these ways: It thickens the mucus in the cervix. This makes it hard for sperm to travel into the uterus. It also thins the lining of the uterus, which makes it harder for a fertilized egg to attach to the uterus. Progestin can sometimes stop the ovaries from releasing an egg each month (ovulation).The implant prevents pregnancy for 3 years. After it is put in, you don't have to do anything else to prevent pregnancy.The implant can only be inserted and removed by your doctor or another trained health professional. These procedures can be done in your doctor's office and only take a few minutes.Your doctor numbs the area and injects the implant under your skin. No cuts are made in your skin. To remove

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