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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 remove his penis before…

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Vaginal Ring

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 is a hormonal method of contraception…

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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 does it work? Spermicidal…

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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 several methods of contraception,…

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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. What is Lunelle?…

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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 are appropriate with latex condoms,…

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Intrauterine Devices: IUD

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 synthetic progesterone hormone that prevents pregnancy….

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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 lining of the uterus…

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Ethical Considerations

It is possible that you may not have been aware that any ethical questions existed concerning contraception.  The contraceptive methods that involve the changing of the lining of the uterus…

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Emergency Contraception: Morning After Pill

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. Emergency contraception is high doses of…

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Depo-Provera: Quarterly Injection

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 prescription. How does Depo-Provera work?…

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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 is designed to fit…

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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 synthetic forms of…

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Birth Control Patch

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 woman. It is a hormonal…

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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 side effects. Birth Control Failure…

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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 a barrier method of…

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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 of birth control. How…

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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 barrier method of…

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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 are interested in…

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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 does abstinence work?…

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