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    1. Laparoscopic Tubal Ligation - Topic Overview

      In some women,the estrogen in combination hormonal birth control methods increases the risk of a blood clot in a leg ( deep vein thrombosis,or DVT ) or a blood clot in a lung ( pulmonary embolism,or PE ). A blood clot in a leg vein can travel through the circulation system and cause pulmonary embolism. The risk for DVT or PE is overall very low with hormonal contraceptives. In the past,...

    2. IUD Insertion - Topic Overview

      The vaginal ring is a highly effective method of birth control when it is used exactly as directed. The ring failure rate is the same as that of birth control pills. Talk to your doctor about what day to start using the ring. Usually,a ring is started during one of the first 5 days of the menstrual cycle. See a picture of the vaginal hormonal ring. The ring cannot be incorrectly inserted. ...

    3. 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 ...

    4. Contraceptive Sponge for Birth Control - Topic Overview

      It is not unusual for women who are taking hormone pills for birth control to have very light periods or no bleeding at all. If you have not missed any pills,skip 1 period,yet have no other signs of early pregnancy,it is very unlikely that you are pregnant. Signs of early pregnancy include fatigue,breast tenderness or enlargement,nausea or vomiting,and increased urination. Call your ...

    5. Birth Control - 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 ...

    6. 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 ...

    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. The Rhythm Method of Birth Control: What You Should Know

      Are you and your partner planning to try the rhythm method of birth control? It doesn’t always work as well as you might hope. Find out what helps.

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