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Birth Control

What Is a Combination Birth Control Pill?

Combination birth control pills are an oral contraceptive that contains both progestin and estrogen. There are different types of combination pills that have different amounts of estrogen and progestin, depending on what the desired effects are. Birth control packs will come with a mixture of active and inactive pills, with…

What Is a Progestin-Only Birth Control Pill?

Progestin-only birth control pills, also referred to as mini-pills, are a birth control option that only contains progestin and no estrogen. They function differently from combination pills and prevent pregnancy by thickening the mucus around the cervix, preventing the sperm from reaching an egg and fertilizing it. They also prevent…

What Are the Benefits of IUDs?

An IUD is a birth control option that can provide many benefits over traditional methods. IUDs are devices that are placed inside your uterus by a medical professional in a simple in-office procedure. You can choose from non-hormonal-based IUDs  (copper IUDs) that work by blocking the path of eggs to…

What Are the Side Effects of IUDs?

While IUDs are safe methods of birth control for most women, there are a few potential side effects, including: Periods that become irregular or lighter or heavier than usual. Spotting between periods. Increased menstrual cramps. Persistent premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms, including breast tenderness, nausea, headaches, and acne. Temporary Symptoms The…

What is an IUD?

An intrauterine device, more commonly known as an IUD, is a small apparatus placed inside your uterus to prevent pregnancy. Currently, there are five brands of IUDs available to women in the United States: Mirena. Kyleena. Skyla. Liletta. Paragard. Mirena, Kyleena, Skyla, and Liletta work through…

What Are the Advantages of Using Contraceptive Film?

There are many advantages to using contraceptive film, including: It’s easy to use. Because no hormones are involved, there is no adjustment period. It doesn’t require a prescription. It doesn’t affect your long-term ability to get pregnant. It doesn’t affect your sensation during sex. It lasts for three hours at…

What Are the Disadvantages of Using Contraceptive Film?

Disadvantages of using contraceptive film can include: Less effective than other birth control methods. No protection against sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV. Not being suitable if you or your partner react to spermicide. Potential irritation of the vagina or penis. The need to insert the film before every sexual…

Is Contraceptive Film Effective?

Contraceptive film is 72% effective at preventing pregnancy when used correctly. Current statistics show that out of 100 women who use spermicides with the ingredient nonoxynol-9 (the active ingredient in contraceptive film) as their sole means of birth control, about 28 will become pregnantover the course of…

How Do I Use Contraceptive Film?

Using contraceptive film involves a few simple steps: Take the square film out of the pouch, and make yourself comfortable. This might include lying down, squatting, or putting one foot up on a chair so you have easier access to your vagina. Fold the contraceptive film around your finger, and…

What Is Contraceptive Film?

The vaginal contraceptive film (VCF) is a relatively new method of contraception for women who do not want to take the birth control pill. It consists of a small piece of clear film that is inserted in the vagina just prior to intercourse. Once inside the vagina, the film turns…

What Is a Triphasic Birth Control Pill?

The triphasic birth control pill contains different doses of estrogen and progestin throughout the month. Every seven days, the ratio of the hormones changes. Some brands have a fixed dose of estrogen, and a varying dose of progestin, while others have varying doses of both estrogen and progestin. In general,…

What Is a Biphasic Birth Control Pill?

Biphasic birth control pills provide a lower ratio of estrogen/progestin during the first half of the pill cycle and a higher dose during the second half in order to mimic the pattern of increasing and decreasing estrogen and progesterone levels during a woman’s regular menstrual cycle. How it Works The…

What Is a Monophasic Birth Control Pill?

The monophasic birth control pill is a hormonal method of contraception that contains estrogen and progestin. Each monophasic birth control pill contains an equal amount of estrogen and progestin for the entire monthly cycle. The monophasic birth control pill is usually prescribed to women who want to regulate…

What Are the Advantages of Using the Birth Control Patch?

The birth control patch has been around for many years and is an affordable, simple, and safe way to maintain birth control. Its main benefit is that it doesn’t need to be applied daily. Women only have to deal with it once a week and there is no additional stress…

What Are the Side Effects of the Birth Control Patch?

The birth control patch is a form of contraception worn on the surface of the skin. Though side effects are usually mild and may decline over time, they can include: Spotting or breakthrough bleeding. This can happen when the patch is first started but resolves in a few…

Who Can Use the Birth Control Patch?

The birth control patch can be used by women who do not have high blood pressure, a history of blood clots, or other health concerns that prevent them from taking hormonal birth control containing estrogen. Some women should not use the patch since the higher estrogen levels put…

How Effective Is the Birth Control Patch?

The birth control patch is approximately 91% effective. When it’s used correctly, the patch can be even more effective. Understanding Effectiveness The 91% effectiveness statistic is based on typical use of the birth control patch. That means that out of 100 women who use this method each…

What Is the Male Birth Control Shot?

Currently, there is no male birth control shot available. Studies for an injectable form of male birth control have found promising results. For now, men have a few other birth control options they can consider. Male Birth Control Research The World Health Organization commissioned a study to determine…

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