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Birth control is any method of contraception used to prevent pregnancy. For women who are interested in having sex but preventing pregnancy, contraception is the strongest protection available. There are many birth control options available for women depending on their age, overall health and lifestyle. These options can be permanent or temporary. Some of these options are more effective than others, and it is up to each woman to decide which option is right for them.
During a woman's monthly cycle, the ovaries produce an egg that moves through the fallopian tubes into the uterus. When an active sperm reaches and fertilizes the egg, it attaches to the wall of the uterus and begins to develop. There are different methods of birth control that prevent pregnancy by changing the process of a woman's cycle or by ensuring that the sperm and egg do not meet. Methods of Birth Control
There are several different types of birth control available to both women and men. Methods may vary in effectiveness and length of use. Barrier Methods
A barrier method of birth control places a barrier or block between the sperm and the egg thus preventing pregnancy from occurring. Barrier methods are commonly used in conjunction with a spermicide, which is a substance that kills sperm. Hormonal Methods
Hormonal methods of birth control use hormones to prevent pregnancy. Most methods use estrogen or progestin or a combination of the two. Both hormones prevent the woman's body from ovulating or releasing an egg. In addition, progestin causes the mucus within the cervix to thicken, making it difficult for the sperm to reach the egg. While most barrier methods of birth control are safe, there are risks associated with these methods that may include:
Vaginal or cervical irritation
Allergic reaction to spermicides
Toxic shock syndrome
Urinary tract infection
Allergic reaction to latex It is important to note that condoms are the only method of birth control that provide the best protection against sexually transmitted diseases and the HIV virus. Hormonal Methods
While most methods of hormonal birth control are safe, there are risks that may include:
Irregular bleeding, Heart attack, Skin or vaginal irritation, Acne, Headache, Weight gain, Stroke
Hormonal methods of birth control do not provide any protection against the HIV virus or sexually transmitted diseases. Women who are older than the age of 35 or who smoke, have a much higher risk of heart attack or stroke when using hormonal birth control methods.

 

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