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Birth Control

How Do I Get Birth Control Pills?

Birth control pills widely available, but you do need a prescription from a health care provider. You can get a prescription from your doctor, health clinic, or (in a few states) from a pharmacist. You can also get a birth control prescription online in many states. The health care provider…

Why Aren’t There Over-The-Counter Birth Control Pills?

Birth control pills are fairly easy to get through health care providers (whether at a doctor’s office, health clinic, or through online medical providers), leading many people to wonder why they’re not available over-the-counter. At this point, a prescription is still needed for birth control pills in the U.S., although…

How Effective Is the Birth Control Ring?

When used correctly, the birth control ring (NuvaRing) is 99% effective at preventing pregnancy. Correct use of the NuvaRing involves putting it into your vagina and leaving it in for three weeks, then removing it for a week before replacing it and starting the cycle again. If you don’t put in…

Who Can Use a Birth Control Ring?

The birth control ring, also known as NuvaRing, is an effective and simple birth control method that most women can use. This small, flexible ring is inserted into your vagina and left there for three weeks. At the start of the fourth week, you’ll remove the ring and your period…

What Are the Benefits of Using a Birth Control Ring?

The birth control ring, also called the NuvaRing, is a simple and easy way to prevent pregnancy. It also offers additional benefits, such as reduced hormonal acne, period regulation, and lighter PMS symptoms. The NuvaRing is a small, flexible ring that you place in your vagina. It…

How Does a Birth Control Ring Work?

The birth control ring delivers hormones into the bloodstream through the vagina. The vaginal walls absorb the hormones, and the hormones signal the ovaries to not release an egg. The extra hormones also thicken the cervical mucus to prevent sperm from reaching an egg. The hormones in the birth control…

What Are the Risks of Getting an IUD?

About 10% of American women who use birth control choose to get an intrauterine device (IUD). IUDs, which are available in hormonal and copper varieties, are generally quite safe but come with a unique set of risks not associated with other forms of birth control. The risks…

What Are the Risks of Birth Control Pills?

The risks associated with birth control pills are rare and vary based on a wide range of factors, including weight, age, medical history, lifestyle choices, and the type of birth control pill you’re taking — combination birth control or progestin-only birth control. The pill is very safe overall, but as…

What Are the Side Effects of Birth Control Pills?

Birth control pills deliver a dose of hormones to alter your body’s hormone levels and prevent pregnancy. Some birth control pills contain a combination of estrogen and progestin (combination pills); others progestin only. The hormone fluctuation can cause common side effects that tend to fade over time as your body…

How Effective Are Progestin-Only Birth Control Pills?

Progestin is the synthetic form of progesterone used in combination and progestin-only birth control pills. Progestin-only pills, sometimes referred to as POP or mini-pills, have “about the same effectiveness as combination estrogen and progestin pills, rings, and patches,” which are up to 99.9% effective, according to The…

What Are the Benefits of Combination Birth Control Pills?

The benefits of combination birth control pills include: Reduced period frequency. Lighter, shorter periods. Cessation of periods. Reduced painful symptoms of endometriosis and/or fibroids, in some cases. Reduced acne. Reduced excessive hair growth. Reduced risk of ovarian, uterine, and colon cancers. Decreased frequency of menstruation-related migraines. Decreased pain from menstrual…

Who Should Use Progestin-Only Birth Control Pills?

While progestin-only birth control pills are a safe and effective option for many women seeking to prevent pregnancy, in particular, there are a few kinds of women who benefit from them most. These include: Women over the age of 35. Women who have a history of blood clots. Women who…

How Do Progestin-Only Birth Control Pills Work?

Progestin-only birth control pills work by delivering a consistent dose of the hormone progestin. When this hormone enters the body, it performs several main functions that stop you from getting pregnant: It thickens the mucus in the cervix so that sperm aren’t able to make it to the uterus to…

What Are the Different Types of Progestin-Only Birth Control?

There are four main types of progestin-only birth control methods, including: The progestin-only birth control pill (mini-pill). The progestin IUD. The progestin implant. The progestin shot. Each of these methods works by providing you with a dose of progestin, a hormone that thickens your cervical mucus so sperm can’t enter…

What Are the Side Effects of Progestin-Only Birth Control?

Common side effects of progestin-only birth control can include: Menstrual periods that become irregular, including cycles that last shorter or longer than usual, heavy bleeding, light bleeding, or no bleeding at all. Breast tenderness. Nausea or vomiting. Headaches. Loss of bone density. Rashes in areas of your skin, including darker…

Where Is a Birth Control Implant Inserted?

The birth control implant is a thin rod that is about the size of a matchstick. It releases progestin into the body which prevents a woman from getting pregnant.  The birth control implant has an efficacy rate of over 90%  and remains effective for five years, after which a woman is…

How are IUDs Removed?

IUDs should be removed by a healthcare professional at their office. The removal process is simple: You will lay back on the examination table, place, your feet in stirrups, and relax. Your doctor will use a speculum to open your vagina so they can find the IUD string. Once they…

When Should I Get My IUD Removed?

It’s possible for you to have your IUD removed at any time. However, specific types of IUDs do have different lifespans, and you’ll want to have them removed once they’re nearing the end of their effectiveness: ParaGard prevents pregnancy for up to 12 years. Skyla prevents pregnancy for three years.

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