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You and Your Sexuality (Especially for Teens)


What happens during puberty When puberty starts your brain sends signals to certain parts of the body to start growing and changing These signals are called hormones Hormones make your body change and start looking more like an adults see FAQ041 Your Changing BodyEspecially for Teens Hormones also...

August 2015

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Fertility Awareness-Based Methods of Family Planning


What is fertility awareness Fertility awareness is knowing and recognizing when the fertile time when a woman can get pregnant occurs in the menstrual cycle If you are practicing fertility awareness as a birth control method to prevent pregnancy you need to avoid having sexual intercourse or use a...

April 2015

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21 Reasons to See a Gynecologist Before Age 21 (Infographic)

This infographic highlights 21 reasons a woman under the age of 21 should see a gynecologist

March 2015

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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 Contraception What is sterilization How does tubal occlusion work to prevent pregnancy How effective is female sterilization Does female ster...

August 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 combined hormonal birth control pills the vaginal ring and the skin patch It also can be used by itself in...

July 2014

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


What are longacting reversible contraception LARC methods Longacting reversible contraception LARC methods include the intrauterine device IUD and the birth control implant Both methods are highly effective in preventing pregnancy last for several years and are easy to use Both are reversibleif yo...

July 2014

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Combined Hormonal Birth Control: Pill, Patch, and Ring


What are combined hormonal birth control methods Birth control pills the birth control patch and the vaginal birth control ring are combined hormonal birth control methods They contain two hormones estrogen and progestin Contraception What are combined hormonal birth control methods How do combine...

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 womans cervix into the uterus and fallopian tubes to fertilize an egg Some methods also protect against sexually transmitted disease STDs Contraception What are b...

July 2014

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Birth Control (Especially for Teens)


What things should I think about when choosing a birth control method To choose the right birth control method for you consider the following How well it prevents pregnancy How easy it is to use Whether you need a prescription to get it Whether it protects against sexually transmitted diseases STD...

December 2013

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Emergency Contraception


What is emergency contraception Emergency contraception is the use of certain methods to prevent pregnancy after a woman has had sex without birth control if her current method fails or if she is raped Contraception What is emergency contraception What types of emergency contraception are availabl...

October 2013

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