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    1. Will Birth Control Pills Make Me Gain Weight?

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

    2. Sexual Health, Birth Control, and Spermicides

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

    3. What Is Vaginal Contraceptive Film?

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

    4. 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.

    5. What Is the Ortho Evra Birth Control Patch?

      Learn more about Ortho Evra, the birth control patch.

    6. Birth Control Hormones: The Pill - Topic Overview

      What is the patch?The patch is used to prevent pregnancy. It looks like a bandage and is put on the skin of your belly, rear end (buttocks), upper arm, or upper body (but not on a breast).The patch releases a regular dose of the hormones estrogen and progestin. These hormones prevent pregnancy in three ways. They thicken the mucus in the cervix. This makes it hard for sperm to travel into the uterus. They thin the lining of the uterus, which makes it harder for a fertilized egg to attach to the uterus. The hormones also can stop the ovaries from releasing an egg each month (ovulation).The patch provides birth control for 1 month at a time. You change the patch once a week for 3 weeks and then go without a patch for 1 week. During the week without the patch, you have your period. Your period may be very light.How well does it work?In the first year of use:1When the patch is used exactly as directed, fewer than 1 woman out of 100 has an unplanned pregnancy. When the patch is not used

    7. Birth Control - Topic Overview

      The diaphragm is a barrier method of birth control. It is a round,dome-shaped device made of rubber that has a firm,flexible rim. It fits inside a woman's vagina and covers the cervix. It should always be used with a sperm-killing cream or jelly (spermicide). There are different types of diaphragms: The flat-spring and coil-spring types can be used with an inserter. The arcing-spring type ...

    8. Birth Control - Topic Overview

      What is the shot? The shot is used to prevent pregnancy. You get the shot in your upper arm or rear end (buttocks). The shot gives you a dose of the hormone progestin. The shot is often called by its brand name, Depo-Provera.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 shot provides birth control for 3 months at a time. You then need another shot. The shot can cause bone loss. Most women can use it safely for up to 2 years and then may choose to switch to another form of birth control. Some women may be able to use the shot for more than 2 years.How well does it work?In the first year of use:1When the shot is used exactly as directed, fewer than 1 woman out of 100 has an unplanned pregnancy. When the

    9. Birth Control Hormones: The Pill - Topic Overview

      What are combination pills?Combination pills are used to prevent pregnancy. Most people call them the pill.Combination pills release a regular dose of two hormones, estrogen and progestin. They prevent pregnancy in a few ways. They thicken the mucus in the cervix. This makes it hard for sperm to travel into the uterus. And they thin the lining of the uterus. This makes it harder for a fertilized egg to attach to the uterus.The hormones also can stop the ovaries from releasing an egg each month (ovulation).You have to take a pill every day to prevent pregnancy.There are different kinds of packages for these pills. The most common one has 3 weeks of hormone pills and 1 week of sugar pills. The sugar pills don't contain any hormones. You have your period on that week. But other packs have no sugar pills. If you take hormone pills for the whole month, you will not get your period as often. Or you may not get it at all.How well do they work?In the first year of use:1When combination pills

    10. Birth Control Hormones: The Pill - Topic Overview

      What is the ring? The ring is used to prevent pregnancy. It's a soft plastic ring that you put into your vagina. It's also called the vaginal ring.The ring releases a regular dose of the hormones estrogen and progestin. These hormones prevent pregnancy in three ways. They thicken the mucus in the cervix. This makes it hard for sperm to travel into the uterus. They thin the lining of the uterus, which makes it harder for a fertilized egg to attach to the uterus. The hormones also can stop the ovaries from releasing an egg each month (ovulation).The ring protects against pregnancy for 1 month at a time. You wear one ring for 3 weeks in a row and then go without a ring for 1 week. During the week without the ring, you have your period. Your period may be very light. How well does it work?In the first year of use:1When the ring is used exactly as directed, fewer than 1 woman out of 100 has an unplanned pregnancy. When the ring is not used exactly as directed, 9 women out of 100 have an

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