Hormonal Contraceptive Methods

Posted On: September 7, 2010

Birth Control Pills

Birth control pills are a kind of medication that women can take daily to prevent pregnancy. They are also sometimes called the pill or oral contraception. Birth control pills are made of hormones. Hormones are chemicals made in our bodies. They control how different parts of our bodies work. The hormones in the pill work by keeping a womans ovaries from releasing eggs — ovulation. Pregnancy cannot happen if there is no egg to join with sperm. The hormones in the pill also prevent pregnancy by thickening a womans cervical mucus. The mucus blocks sperm and keeps it from joining with an egg.

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The Morning After Pill

Emergency contraception (EC) is a safe and effective way to prevent pregnancy after unprotected intercourse. It can be started up to five days (120 hours) after unprotected intercourse.

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What Is Depo-Provera, the Birth Control Shot?

The birth control shot is an injection of a hormone that prevents pregnancy. Each shot prevents pregnancy for three months. The shot is also known by the brand name Depo-Provera, or by the name of the medicine in the shot, DMPA.

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