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FAQ024, January 2019

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 barrier method of birth control, such as a condom, during the fertile period. If you are trying to get pregnant, you should have sexual intercourse on your fertile days, ideally every day or every other day.


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FAQ011, November 2018

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


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FAQ186, March 2018

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 progestin-only pills and the birth control injection. The birth control implant and the hormonal intrauterine device also are progestin-only forms of birth control and are discussed in FAQ184 Long-Acting Reversible Contraception.


FAQ185, March 2018

Contraception What are combined hormonal birth control methods? How do combined hormonal methods prevent pregnancy? How effective are combined hormonal birth control methods? What are the benefits of combined hormonal methods? What are possible risks of combined hormonal methods? Can I use combined hormonal birth control methods while I am breastfeeding? How can I get combined hormonal pills? What are the different types of combined hormonal pills and how are they taken? What are possible side effects of using the combined hormonal birth control pill? ...


FAQ112, March 2018

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 infections (STIs) Whether you have any health problems


FAQ500, March 2018

Why should I think about using birth control right after I have a baby? It is possible to get pregnant very soon after having a baby if you have sex and do not use birth control. Some women can become pregnant even before their menstrual periods return. Starting a birth control method immediately after you have a baby can help you avoid an unintended pregnancy. It also lets you control if or when you want to become pregnant again.


FAQ022, March 2018

What are barrier methods of birth control? Barrier methods of birth control act as barriers to keep the man’s sperm from reaching the woman’s egg. Some barrier methods also protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs). A few barrier methods (spermicide, condom, and sponge) can be bought in most drugstores. Others (diaphragm and cervical cap) must be prescribed by a health care professional.


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FAQ194, February 2018

 Contraception Why is postpartum birth control recommended? How do I choose a postpartum birth control method? What is an intrauterine device? What are the benefits of an intrauterine device? What are the possible risks and side effects of an intrauterine device? What is a birth control implant? What are the benefits of an implant? What are the possible risks and side effects of an implant? What is a birth control injection? What are the benefits of an injection? What are the possible risks and side effects of an injection? What are combi...


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