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    1. Sexual Health, Birth Control, and Spermicides

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

    2. What Is the Ortho Evra Birth Control Patch?

      Learn more about Ortho Evra, the birth control patch.

    3. What Is Vaginal Contraceptive Film?

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

    4. 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.

    5. Birth Control Myths

      WebMD dispels some common myths about pregnancy, fertility, and birth control.

    6. Birth Control - Topic Overview

      What are mini-pills? Mini-pills are used to prevent pregnancy. They release a regular dose of a hormone called progestin. They are different from regular combination birth control pills. Those contain progestin and another hormone called estrogen. Progestin prevents pregnancy in a few 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. This makes it harder for a fertilized egg to attach to the uterus. And progestin can sometimes stop the ovaries from releasing an egg each month (ovulation).Mini-pills come in packs. Every pill in the pack contains progestin. There are no spacer pills. You have to take a pill every day at the same time to prevent pregnancy. This means you take a pill even when you have your period.How well do they work?In the first year of use:1When mini-pills are taken exactly as directed, fewer than 1 woman out of 100 has an unplanned pregnancy. When pills are not taken exactly as

    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

      When to use a condomCondoms can be used with spermicide to prevent pregnancy or alone as protection against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Pregnancy prevention. Use a condom and spermicide to prevent pregnancy. Make sure to check the condom's expiration date, and do not use it if past that date.STD protection. To protect yourself and your partner from STD infection, use a condom during ...

    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 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

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