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Car Safety for You and Your Baby


Why is it important to wear a seat belt when I travel during pregnancy? Although the baby is protected inside your body, you should wear a lap and shoulder belt every time you travel while you are p...

September 2014

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Sterilization for Women and Men


Sterilization is a permanent method of birth control. Sterilization procedures for women are called tubal occlusion. The procedure for men is called vasectomy. What is sterilization? How...

August 2014

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Heart Health for Women


What is heart disease? The vessels that supply blood to the heart are called the coronary arteries. The most common cause of heart disease is coronary artery disease. This disease is a narrowing of ...

July 2014

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Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC): IUD and Implant


What are long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) methods? Long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) methods include the intrauterine device (IUD) and the birth control implant. Both methods ar...

July 2014

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Progestin-Only Hormonal Birth Control: Pill and Injection


What is progestin? Progestin is a form of progesterone, a hormone that plays a role in the menstrual cycle and pregnancy. Progestin is used in combination with another hormone called estrogen in com...

July 2014

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Barrier Methods of Birth Control: Diaphragm, Sponge, Cervical Cap, and Condom


What are barrier methods? Barrier methods of birth control are physical or chemical barriers that prevent sperm from passing through the woman's cervix into the uterus and fallopian tubes to fertili...

July 2014

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Fertility Awareness: Rhythm Method, Basal Body Temperature Method, and More


What is natural family planning? Natural family planning is a form of birth control that is based on the timing of sex during a woman's menstrual cycle. It is not a single method but a variety of me...

July 2014

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Preeclampsia and High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy


What is blood pressure? Blood pressure is vital for the body's circulatory system—the heart, arteries, and veins—to function. It is created in part by the steady beating of the heart. Each time the ...

July 2014

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Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Infection


What is human papillomavirus (HPV)? Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a virus that can be passed from person to person through skin-to-skin contact. More than 100 types of HPV have been found. About 30 ...

July 2014

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Preterm (Premature) Labor and Birth


What is preterm labor? Preterm labor is defined as regular contractions of the uterus resulting in changes in the cervix that start before 37 weeks of pregnancy. Changes in the cervix include efface...

July 2014

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