Contraception or birth control are methods intended to be used to to prevent pregnancy. Contraceptives work in different ways:

1. Preventing sperm from getting to the eggs such as  condoms, diaphragms, cervical caps, and contraceptive sponges.
2. Preventing the release of an egg such as birth control pills, patches, shots, vaginal rings, and emergency contraceptive pills.
3. Implants inside the uterus such as intra-uterine devices. (IUD) 
4. Male of female sterilization to permanently prevent the man for ejaculating sperms of tubal sterilization to prevent the sperm from joining the egg

Contraception - Birth Control Guide

Read all about birth control, and the different types of contraceptive methods including the pill, condoms, IUDs, and more. ... read more »

How to Get Pregnant After Birth Control in 12 Steps

There are many open questions about getting pregnant after birth control. Read here about 12 steps of what to do. ... read more »

Myths About Contraception and Birth Control

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

Breastfeeding - Good Contraception

Does breastfeeding prevent pregnancy? ... read more »

Breastfeeding as Contraceptive

Does breastfeeding prevent me from getting pregnant? ... read more »

Stop the Pill or Go on Vacation

Should I stop the pill or go on vacation? ... read more »

IUD and TTC

When after the IUD can I conceive? ... read more »

Contraception and Birth Control Myths

Can I get pregnant while breastfeeding? Having sex only once? Without an organsm? Yes, you can! BabyMed answers these and many more myths about contraception. ... read more »

What do I do if I miss taking one or more birth control pill?

Below are instructions to follow if you miss one or more birth control pills. ... read more »

How to Choose a Birth Control Pill

Choosing the right birth control pill can be difficult. Find out the pros and cons of different types of birth control pills. ... 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 »

Abstinence

  bstinence is a self-enforced restraint from indulging in bodily activities that are widely experienced as giving pleasure.  ... read more »

Contraception and the Pill Q and A

Missing the pill is a common occurrence especially with young women on the birth control pill. ... read more »

All About the Birth Control Pill

Birth control pills are now more than 99% effective at preventing pregnancy. ... 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 »

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

One type of emergency contraception uses hormones that are the same type and dose as hormones used in some kinds of ordinary birth control pills and another type contains only the hormone called progestin. ... read more »

IUD and Pregnancy

Getting pregnant with an IUD in place is very rare and when it happens you should see a doctor right away to decrease the risk of complications. ... read more »

What Is a Vasectomy?

A vasectomy is birth control for men. It is a surgical procedure that interrupts the flow of sperm through a tube (the right and left vas deferens) and thus prevents sperm from entering the ejaculate. ... read more »

Spermicide For Birth Control

Spermicide is a form of birth control, made out of suppositories, foams, cremes, or film, that is inserted into the vagina prior to sexual intercourse. ... read more »

How Often Does a Vasectomy Fail?

A vasectomy is a surgical procedure on a man that makes him sterile, or unable to get a woman pregnant. Vasectomies are very effective. It has been estimated that only about 15 out of 10,000 couples get pregnant during the first year after a vasectomy. ... read more »

Tubal Ligation or Sterilization - What Is It?

// // A tubal ligation is a type of permanent birth control. A tubal ligation is also known as "tying the tubes" or a "tubal sterilization." ... read more »

Plan B - One Step Emergency Contraception

Plan B One-Step' is the only emergency contraception that is just one pill.It can reduce the chance of pregnancy when taken as directed up to 72 hours (3 days) after unprotected sex. ... read more »

Depo Provera Birth Control and TTC

Depo Provera is an intramuscular injection that prevents ovulation, and works reliably for at least 3 months after the shot. The average woman will ovulate about 6 to 9 months after the last shot.  ... read more »

Combined Emergency Contraceptive Pills

Emergency contraceptive pills or "morning after pills" have different names and hormones. ... read more »

Progestin Only Contraceptives

These birth control pills are also called 'minipills' because they contain no estrogen and even less progestin than is found in ordinary oral contraceptives ... 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 »

Effectiveness of Emergency Contraceptives

The two different kinds of emergency contraceptive pills (ECPs) have a slightly different effectiveness: ... read more »

What Is A Tubal Ligation

The basic principle of a tubal ligation is that it interrupts the continuity of the fallopian tubes, and thus prevents the egg from meeting the sperm. ... read more »

Ovulation Microscope for Contraception and Birth Control

Many couples use ovulation microscopes as a contraceptive device. However, it is not good enough for contraception because ovulation can happen at unexpected times. ... read more »

The Contraceptive Sponge

A contraceptive sponge is a are small, disposable sponge usually made of polyurethane foam and that is are infused with spermicides. The contraceptive sponge is placed inside the vagina and it works by blocking sperm from entering the uterus and also by absorbing and killing off the sperm. ... read more »

Female Condom for Birth Control

A female condom is made from polyurethane and used by the woman as birth control to  prevent sperm from reaching the cervix. ... read more »

Tubal Ligation or Sterilization For Contraception

After having children, some women choose to have a tubal ligation to prevent future pregnancies. ... read more »

Know Birth Control Pill Side Effects

Birth control pills are one of the most effective forms of contraceptive on the market today but they come with side effects, just like other medications. ... read more »

Does The Birth Control Pill Cause Cancer?

There is an ongoing belief that the birth control pill causes cancer. But is that a myth or a fact? ... read more »

Pulling Out: A Fresh Look at an Old Contraceptive Method

A growing number of young women are relying on pulling out for pregnancy prevention or perhaps the growing number is of young women willing to acknowledge pulling out as their preference. ... read more »

Birth Control: Progesterone Only Mini Pill

Similar to the pill, the mini pill is a month-long series of progestin-only pills that must be taken every day (the regular pill has both progestin and estrogen). ... read more »

Pregnancy After Tubal Ligation

I had a tubal ligation four years ago. I now missed my period and think I may be pregnant. Could that be? What should I do? ... read more »

Male Condom - Contraception

A male condom a contraceptive device made out of a thin sheath that covers the penis during intercourse. ... read more »

Fertility and TTC After Birth Control

When and how to get pregnant after birth control depends on what type of birth control you were using. You can get pregnant as soon as your body is ovulating again. ... read more »

Fertility Awareness and Natural Family Planning For Contraception

Information about fertility awareness helps to fulfil the broader definition of the services many family planning clinics offer. ... read more »

What Happens During Contraception Counseling?

During a contraception visit the doctor will examine you, check for STDs and discuss risks and benefts of contraception. ... read more »

Temperature or Symptothermal Method for Contraception?

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A method of natural family planning that closely monitors two indicators of fertility is just as effective as oral contraception in preventing unwanted pregnancies if used correctly, European researchers report. ... read more »

Which Contraception Works Best for You?

There are several forms of contraception including physical barriers, monthly supplements, surgical contraception, implanted devices and foams or creams. ... read more »

Vasectomy: What Is It and Why Is It Done?

After a vasectomy, sperm cannot move out the testes. Vasectomy may be recommended for men who are certain that they wish to prevent future pregnancies. ... read more »

Vasectomy Reversal Success Rate

What is the success rate of a vasectomy reversal? ... read more »

How Does a Vasectomy Reversal Work?

What is a vasectomy reversal and how does it work? ... read more »

Pregnancy After Different Forms of Contraception

The percentage of women experiencing an unintended pregnancy during the first year of typical use and the first year of perfect use of contraception and the percentage continuing use at the end of the first year in the United States. ... read more »

Comparing Birth Control: The Pearl Index Method

The Pearl Index compares methods of contraception. A high Pearl index stands for a high chance of unintentionally getting pregnant while a low value represents a low chance. ... read more »

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