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Things to Know About Birth Control

Posted Aug 24 2008 3:36pm
Birth Control

-- abstinence - still the only 100% effective and proven birth control

-- Barrier methods prevent the sperm from reaching the egg for fertilization

- condom

- diaphragm

- cervical cap

-- Intrauterine device (IUD) a small device that is inserted into the uterus by a health care provider that prevents a fertilized egg from implanting in the uterus

-- Hormonal methods release hormones into a woman’s body that interfere with fertility by preventing ovulation, fertilization, or implantation.

- birth control pills

- birth control patch

- birth control injections (like Depo-Provera)

- vaginal rings (like the advertised NuvaRing)

-- sterilization by surgical procedure is often a choice some women make, also known as a tubiligation or "having your tubes done"

-- male sterilization by surgical procedure, a vasectomy

-- planning by following your ovlation cycle on the calendar and remaining abstitnent during ovulation times. This requires careful record keeping and knowing when ovulation begins and ends.

-- Essure is a different type of tubilagation in women where a coil is placed into the fallopian tubes.
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