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  1. Topic Overview

    A diaphragm is a birth control device that blocks sperm from fertilizing an egg. It is made of rubber and shaped like a dome. It fits inside a woman's vagina and covers the cervix (the opening of the uterus); a firm,flexible rim keeps it in place. A diaphragm is always used with a sperm-killing cream or jelly (spermicide) to prevent pregnancy. Proper diaphragm use Spread spermicidal cream or ...

  2. 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.

  3. Topic Overview

    The skin (transdermal) patch is a highly effective method of birth control when it is used exactly as directed. The patch failure rate is the same as that of birth control pills. Talk to your doctor about what day to start using the patch. It is usually recommended that the first patch be placed on the first day of your next menstrual period. If the patch is started on any other day,use a ...

  4. Topic Overview

    Birth control methods Method How it prevents pregnancy Hormonal Prevents ovulation Thickens mucus at the cervix so sperm cannot pass through Changes the environment of the uterus and fallopian tubes to prevent fertilization and to prevent implantation if fertilization occurs Intrauterine device (IUD) The progestin released by the hormonal IUD prevents fertilization by making the mucus in the ...

  5. Birth Control Pills

    An overview of birth control pills and how they're used to prevent pregnancy.

  6. Birth Control and Depo-Provera

    WebMD explains Depo-Provera, an injectable birth control method, including its side effects and risks.

  7. Birth Control and Vaginal Contraceptive Film

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

  8. Birth Control and the Rhythm Method

    WebMD explains the rhythm method of birth control.

  9. Sexual Health, Birth Control, and Spermicides

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

  10. Birth Control Pills and Weight Gain

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

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