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Birth Control

Not sure how to choose between the patch, pill, ring, shot, or IUD? We have the answers to all of your birth control questions.

How Long Does It Take to Get Pregnant After Stopping Birth Control?

How long it takes to get pregnant after stopping birth control depends on the type of birth control method you’ve been using, but it can range from immediately to more than a year. With hormonal birth control, most women have no issue with getting pregnant after they stop taking it.

Are There Reasons Other Than Pregnancy for Missing a Period?

While pregnancy is the most common reason for missing a period, there are other possible causes. These include: Intense exercise or significant weight loss. Women who exercise intensely or have sudden changes in body weight can experience low levels of the hormone estrogen, which can result in missed periods. Obesity: Just…

Does Birth Control Help Reduce Menstrual Clots During Your Period?

A large number of women experience heavy bleeding during their periods. Birth control can help reduce bleeding or stop menstrual periods from happening in the first place.  While additional bleeding doesn’t always mean something is wrong, it can indicate medical issues. If nothing else,…

How Often Do I Need to Replace the Birth Control Ring?

The birth control ring, also known as the NuvaRing, needs to be removed every three weeks, although how quickly you place a new ring will depend on whether you want to have periods while using this form of birth control. This small, flexible ring is inserted into the vagina and…

How Often Do I Need to Inject the Birth Control Shot?

The birth control shot, or Depo-subQ Provera 104, is an injectable birth control method that you receive every 12-13 weeks. Failing to get your shots on time can lower the effectiveness. You can go to a health care provider to receive the shot every 12-13 weeks, or…

What Are the Advantages of the Birth Control Shot?

The birth control shot is an easy, convenient, and effective method of birth control that you only have to get every 12-13 weeks. It can also provide benefits such as reducing pain during periods, making your periods lighter and can help treat symptoms of endometriosis. Women who have…

How Effective Is the Birth Control Shot?

The birth control shot, Depo-subQ Provera 104, is approximately 94% effective in regular use. Its efficacy increases if you stay current on your shot schedule. You can go to a healthcare provider to get your injections every three months, or you can give yourself a shot at…

How Effective Are Combination Birth Control Pills?

When used correctly, combination birth control pills are 99% effective at preventing pregnancy. Correct usage of birth control pills includes taking the pill every day at the same time and avoiding certain medications that can interact with the hormones in the pill. If you experience an illness that causes vomiting…

How Do Combination Birth Control Pills Work?

Combination birth control pills contain both progestin and estrogen to prevent ovulation and create conditions that make it difficult for the sperm to enter into the uterus. The amounts of each hormone vary with the type of combination pill: Monophasic pills will deliver the same dose of hormones each day,…

What Are the Side Effects of Combination Birth Control Pills?

As with any form of birth control option, the side effects of combination birth control pills varies among women. Common side effects are typically mild and similar to symptoms that you will experience during your menstrual cycle if you weren’t on birth control. Some of the more common…

What Are the Benefits of Progestin-Only Birth Control Pills?

Progestin-only birth control pills are a good option for women who have problems with traditional combination pills containing estrogen. There are many benefits to taking progestin-only pills: They do not interfere with sex. Unlike condoms or diaphragms, there is no preparation before you have sex. Once you have taken your progestin-only…

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 the uterus to prevent pregnancy. Made from thin plastic and shaped like a T, these devices are coated with either copper or progestin. You must obtain a prescription in order to get…

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…

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