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  1. Topic Overview

    Overall cancer risk Overall,if there is an increase in cancer risks for women taking hormonal birth control,it appears to be very small. Taking the Pill may reduce a woman's risk for most cancers. This benefit for some cancers may last as long as 15 years after a woman stops taking the Pill. But long-term use of the Pill (more than 8 years) may slightly increase a woman's overall risk of ...

  2. 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. Topic Overview

    The female condom is a barrier method of birth control. It is a tube of soft plastic (polyurethane) that has a closed end. Each end has a ring or rim. The ring at the closed end is inserted deep into the woman's 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. The female condom can be inserted up to 8 ...

  4. Birth Control Pill Information

    From weight gain to no-period pills, these articles answer some of your most common questions about birth control pills.

  5. Which birth control method should I use?

    This information will help you understand your choices, whether you share in the decision - making process or rely on your doctor's recommendation.Key points in making your decision Birth control methods allow a woman or a couple to choose whether or when to have a child. Consider the following when making your decision:Permanence. If you are certain that you don't want children (or more children)

  6. Evidence of Harms

    Information on evidence of harms in the prevention of breast cancer.

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