Contraception is more commonly referred to as birth control and it is designed to prevent pregnancy. Birth control methods include the pill, condoms, IUDs, and more.

Myths About Contraception and Birth Control

Preconceptions and myths about contraception are frequent. ... read more »

After the Pill

When can I get pregnant and when should we have sex after the pill? ... read more »

Withdrawal "Pull Out" Method - Birth Control

The withdrawal or "pull out" method is a form of (not so great) birth control where the man withdraws his penis from the vagina just before he ejaculates in the hope that entry of the ejaculate into the vagina and cervix, and therefore eventual fertilization, will be prevented. ... read more »

Contraceptive IUD May Halt Endometrial Cancer

Published in the latest issue of Annals of Oncology, is a report by European researchers linking the use of an Intrauterine Device (IUD) with treatment of endometrial cancer. ... read more »

Combination Contraceptive with Folate Approved by FDA

During the first few weeks of gestation, few women know they are pregnant. This is the time when folate levels need to be the highest to prevent neural tube defects ... read more »

The Diaphragm For Birth Control

The diaphragm is a contraceptive device which is made of latex and shaped like a dome and inserted inside the vagina to cover the cervix during sexual intercourse. ... read more »

Emergency Contraception Morning After Pill

Emergency contraception can be used when, for example, a condom breaks, after a sexual assault, or any time when unprotected sexual intercourse occurs. ... read more »

Contraception After Pregnancy

Most women will not want to get pregnant too soon after delivery, and need contraception right after brth. In addition, it's not safe to get pregnant within 18 months after having had a cesarean section. So birth control is something you will have to think about. ... read more »

Contraceptive Gel May Soon Replace Pills

Researchers are studying the effects of a contraceptive gel that could be used in place of pill contraceptives. ... read more »

The Problem of Abstinence

One of the most pressing issues facing youth today is the constant debate regarding sex education. ... read more »

The Link Between Oral Contraceptives and Prostate Cancer

Researchers have published their findings in BMJ Open linking prostate cancer with the use of oral contraceptives, such as birth control pills. ... read more »

How Does the Birth Control Pill Work?

Birth control pills typically contain a combination of progesterone and estrogen ' reproductive hormones. ... read more »

Should I Tell My Doctor if I Plan to Go Off the Pill?

It is highly recommended that you talk with the physician who prescribed your birth control pill before you stop taking birth control. This is especially important if you were placed on birth control for medical reasons, such as irregular or abnormally heavy periods. ... read more »

What Medications Interfere with the Pill?

When taking birth control pills it is imperative that you tell your physician before taking any other form of prescription or over-the-counter medications/supplements. There are medications and supplements that can interfere with how birth control works. ... read more »

Tips on How to Remember When to Take Your Birth Control Pills

Birth control pills are a highly effective means of preventing pregnancy and maintaining a normal, patterned menstrual cycle. Taking your pills at the same time each day prevents you from missing one or more pills and, subsequently, increasing the risk of pregnancy. ... read more »

Violence Against Women May Include Contraceptive Sabotage

Contraceptive sabotage is more common than many women may recognize, leading ACOG to establish guidelines and support materials for obstetricians to educate patients who may be experiencing violence at home. ... read more »

Safety of Indomethacin IUD: Random Control Study

Researchers from the China-Japan Friendship Hospital report indomethacin IUD are effective and carry a low risk of complications, including expulsion, bleeding and pain. ... read more »

When is My Period Supposed to Come?

A woman's menstrual cycle, or period, generally takes 28 to 32 daysto complete. There are some women who have shorter cycles and some whohave longer cycles. The only way to determine your cycle length is totrack your periods on a calendar. ... read more »

I Started a New Brand of Pill and My Period Changed. Why?

Birth control pills utilize hormones to regulate ovulation and therefore may change the menstrual cycle. After using one birth control prescription for a while your body adjusts to the hormones and you establish a more regular menstrual cycle. ... read more »

What Foods Interfere With the Pill?

Birth control pills often deliver estrogen to the body in doses high enough to stop ovulation. Some foods also contain estrogen. This brings up the question of foods that could interfere with birth control pills and the effectiveness of those pills. ... read more »

Contraceptives During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

All about contraceptives and pregnancy/breastfeeding. Are they safe for use during pregnancy and/or breastfeeding? ... read more »

Abortion Rates Not Affected by Methotrexate

Methotrexate is a medication used to treat rheumatoid arthritis. The drug is known to cause fetal malformations and birth defects, but researchers claim abortion rates are higher in women not treated with the drug than women on methotrexate at pregnancy. ... read more »

Current State of Vasectomy Reversal

Surgical vasectomy used to be viewed as a permanent means of sterilization, but advancements in microsurgery have changed the playing field. ... read more »

Psychiatric Disorders and Effective Postpartum Contraception

Researchers from the Preventative Medicine Department in Sao Paulo recently published a study in the journal Contraception on the possible link between postpartum psychiatric disorders and choice of contraception. ... read more »

Spermicide Used Alone for Contraception

Researchers from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill recently completed a study review of trials reporting pregnancy rates among women using spermicide as standalone contraception. ... read more »

Twenty Percent of Teen Mothers Already Have Children

When teen pregnancy rates are published it is commonly assumed the teens are getting pregnant for the first time, but that is not the case according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. ... read more »

US Pregnancy Rate Down for Young Women, Up for Those 30+

The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) has recently released information on the rate of pregnancy for women in the United States. The data indicates a drop in pregnancy rates that was lower only once in the past 30 years, in 1997. ... read more »

Spring Break May Lead to More Teen Pregnancies

Have you ever wondered what month accounts for the highest number of pregnancies? The answer is different for adults and teens. According to current research, teens are more apt to conceive in the month of March; the same month as spring break trips and activities. ... read more »

Research Brings Male Contraceptive Pill a Step Closer

Scientists may be a step closer to developing a new male contraceptive. Scientists from the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences found they could block two proteins that trigger sperm transport. ... read more »

Can Having Children Protect You From Cancer?

The term nulliparous refers to a woman who has never given birth – she has no children. In our fast-moving world, many women choose not to have children until much later in life and some choose to never start a family. ... read more »

What Do Women Know About IU Contraception?

IU or intrauterine contraception is an effective means of protecting against pregnancy, but just how much do women know about this contraceptive option? According to researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, not much. ... read more »

Should Women over 40 Use Contraceptives?

My best friend’s mom stopped taking the birth control she had been on when we were still in high school. She was over 40 years old by this point, and she had been taking the same type of birth control since my best friend had been born. ... read more »