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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. Progestin for Emergency Contraception

    Drug details for Emergency contraception.

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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), ...

  5. Other Birth Control Options

    WebMD provides a complete guide to birth control options, from the patch to the sponge to the rhythm method. Learn about how they work, their side effects and risks.

  6. 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 ...

  7. Deciding What's Right for You

    Birth control—without it, pregnancy can happen. That's why you need birth control you can count on. There are lots of good options for birth control. Your best choices are those that you find easy to use—so you never go without it. And of course, no matter what kind of birth control you use, you always need a plan for protecting yourself against sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

  8. How to Decide

    Choosing birth control is a very personal thing. First, think through some basic facts about your birth control options. Then, focus in on what's important to you. And then, think about who you are and what your style is.How well does each birth control method protect me?Some methods depend on you and how well you use them—every time. These include hormone pills or the hormone patch or ring. The same is true for the condom, sponge, diaphragm, or cap. Some methods work very well for long periods of time without you having to do anything. These include the hormone implant or shot, and the IUD.Only a condom protects you from STIs. Abstinence depends on your commitment to not have sex. Not having vaginal intercourse prevents pregnancy. And not having oral sex, anal sex, or vaginal sex prevents STIs.Is it easy to keep with me?Some methods easily fit in your bag. These include hormone pills or a condom, sponge, diaphragm, or cap.Some methods don't have to be carried around at all. These

  9. Myth or Truth?

    A friend told me that you can't get pregnant if you haven't had a period at all, or even lately.Don't believe it! You make an egg, or ovulate, and then have a period. And ovulation can happen at any time. There's no day of the month when it's safe to have sex without birth control.I heard a guy say that having birth control means you'll say yes to sex at any time.Having protection against pregnancy and STIs means that it's there when you need it. But being prepared doesn't mean having to say yes unless you're comfortable with it.My sister told me you don't need birth control if you just douche after having sex.Flushing water into the vagina, or douching, after sex does not prevent pregnancy. I need to feel safe with my sex partner and with what we're doing together. It's got to be okay to say 'no' or 'stop' at any time. This should always be true. It's important that you be able to say no or stop at any time.I should be able to count on my partner to have a condom.Every time? Anyone

  10. Birth Control - When to Call a Doctor

    Different birth control methods have different side effects and possible complications. It is important to understand the risks of the birth control method you use. Talk to your health professional if you have concerns about side effects.Call your health professional if you have symptoms of pregnancy, such as having missed one or more periods or having your period but with a lot less bleeding ...

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