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    1. 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.

    2. Contraceptive Sponge for Birth Control - 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 ...

    3. 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: ...

    4. IUD Insertion - Topic Overview

      Before having an intrauterine device (IUD) inserted,you will probably have: A pregnancy test,especially if you have not been using an effective method of birth control,have been sexually active in the past month,and are not having your menstrual period at the time of the procedure. Testing for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs),because the insertion procedure can carry an infection ...

    5. Laparoscopic Tubal Ligation - Topic Overview

      Several myths about when a woman can or cannot become pregnant persist,particularly among younger people. Myths and truths about becoming pregnant Myth Truth You can't get pregnant the first time you have vaginal intercourse. Getting pregnant has nothing to do with how many times you have sex. If you are near the time of ovulation when you have sexual intercourse,you can get pregnant. You ...

    6. 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 ...

    7. How Effective Is Depo-Provera for Birth Control?

      Get the facts on Depo-Provera, an injectable birth control method, including its side effects and risks.

    8. Emergency Contraception

      Learn about the different methods of emergency contraception (postcoital contraception) from the experts at WebMD.

    9. Birth Control Pills

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

    10. What Is the Ortho Evra Birth Control Patch?

      Learn more about Ortho Evra, the birth control patch.

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