Pregnancy After Tubal Ligation

Tubal ligation is a procedure that one in four married couples will choose as a form of birth control. Otherwise known as “having your tubes…

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Withdrawal

What is withdrawal? The process of removing the penis from the vagina prior to ejaculation. How does it work? It works by having the male partner…

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Vaginal Ring

What is the Vaginal Ring? The vaginal ring is a soft flexible piece of plastic that contains synthetic hormones to be absorbed inside the vagina. It…

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Spermicide

What is spermicide? A chemical product that comes in the form of a jelly, foam, or cream. It is a barrier method of birth control. How…

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Overview: Types of Birth Control

Types Of Birth Control Overview Contraception is a term used for the prevention of pregnancy, and it is often referred to as birth control. There are…

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Lunelle: Monthly Injection

Lunelle is no longer available in the United States. This medication was recalled due to a concern with the effectiveness of it as a birth control method….

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Lubrication

What should I know about lubrications and condom use? Lubrications make penetration easier and help prevent the condom from tearing. Some condoms come with lubrication. Water-based lubricants…

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Intrauterine Devices: IUD

What is an Intrauterine Device? A intrauterine device is a T-shaped piece of plastic placed inside the uterus. The piece of plastic contains copper or a…

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How Pregnancy Occurs

What is Ovulation? Ovulation occurs when a mature egg is released from the ovary, pushed down the fallopian tube and is available to be fertilized. The…

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Fertility Awareness: Natural Family Planning (NFP)

What is fertility awareness? Fertility awareness is a collection of methods using your body’s natural and normal functioning to determine the days of the month you are…

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Ethical Considerations

It is possible that you may not have been aware that any ethical questions existed concerning contraception.  For some, there are ethical considerations for sex…

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Emergency Contraception: Morning After Pill

What is Emergency Contraception? Emergency Contraception is often referred to as “The Morning After Pill,” but it actually is a dosage of a few pills combined….

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Depo-Provera: Quarterly Injection

What is Depo-Provera? Depo-Provera is an injection containing the synthetic hormone progestin which is called depo-medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA). Depo-Provera is a hormonal method of contraception obtained by…

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Contraceptive Sponge

What is a contraceptive sponge? A soft saucer-shaped device made from polyurethane foam. It is considered a barrier method of contraception. How does it work? It…

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Birth Control Pills

What are oral contraceptives? Birth control pills or oral contraceptives use synthetic hormones to prevent pregnancy. There are two types: combined and progesterone only. Combined pills contain…

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Birth Control Patch

What is the Birth Control Patch? The birth control patch is a thin plastic patch (1 3/4 inch square) placed directly on the skin of the…

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Birth Control Failure

Birth control failure is more common than most realize, here is a chart displaying birth control failure rate percentages, as well as common risks and…

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Male Condom

What is a male condom? The male condom is a sheath that is rolled over the penis to prevent semen from entering the vagina. Condoms are…

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Female Condom

What is a female condom? The female condom is a pouch made of polyurethane or latex that fits inside the vagina. It is a barrier method…

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Diaphragm

What is a diaphragm? A soft rubber dome shaped barrier that covers the cervix in order to prevent sperm from entering into the uterus. It is a…

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Cervical Cap

The cervical cap is not a method of birth control that is widely used, and very few health care providers recommend this type of contraception. If you…

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Abstinence

What is abstinence? Abstinence simply means not having sex; it means refraining from sexual intercourse. For most people, abstinence is the absence of sexual contact altogether. How…

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Can Pregnancy Occur if…? Pregnancy Myths Cleared Up!

Can pregnancy occur, if penetration only happens for a few seconds, can a woman get pregnant? Anytime the penis comes into direct contact with the vaginal area,…

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