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The birth control ring is a small flexible ring that you insert into the vagina and in front of the cervix, and then leave in place for three weeks. It releases a certain combination of hormones during that time which temporarily interfere with fertility. After three weeks, you remove the ring, and then seven days... Read all »
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Using the birth control ring makes it easier to be protected from unexpected pregnancy as taking a daily pill is often difficult for many women, and a birth control patch may be somewhat unsightly. Before you decide if the ring is for you, consider how it works.
Hormones in the ring are slowly released into the... Read all »
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The birth control ring uses a mixture of hormones that temporarily interfere with a woman's fertility and ovulation. These hormones don't allow eggs to mature from the lining of the uterus; if the egg doesn’t mature, it becomes more difficult for sperm to reach it and fertilize it. These hormones also thin the... Read all »
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One disadvantage that many women worry about is the reliability of men when it comes to taking pills. Since the woman is the one getting pregnant, she may not want to allow the man to be fully responsible for taking the pill. Researchers are saying that the male birth control pill may actually be available in a... Read all »
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Because the male birth control pill is still being developed, doctors don't know everything about how it will work and its effectiveness. It's theorized that this form of birth control will actually be available in more than pill form; it may come in a patch that a man would wear on his skin and then change once per... Read all »
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Using withdrawal in order to keep the ejaculate out of a woman's vagina and cervix may also be used with other forms of sexual activity, for example, a couple may have vaginal intercourse for some time but then switch to anal or oral sex before a man ejaculates, or they may forego intercourse altogether for mutual... Read all »
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One disadvantage is that it's often very difficult for men to know when they will climax and ejaculate, and many find they ejaculate sooner than expected. This is why the withdrawal method has such a high failure rate, even when used with the best of intentions. For those who are allowed to use other methods of... Read all »
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The main reason that it's so unreliable is that men often have a difficult time knowing exactly when they'll climax and removing their penis beforehand. They may suffer from premature ejaculation or simply ejaculate too soon, even with the best of intentions.
Some men may also have a difficult time sustaining an... Read all »
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A diaphragm works by blocking the entrance to the cervix so that a man's ejaculate cannot enter, and a condom works by providing a barrier between partners so that the ejaculate never enters her vagina or cervix in the first place.
Another method that some may use to prevent pregnancy is called withdrawal, or... Read all »
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If a man's sperm does not reach a woman's egg, pregnancy does not take place, which is why some use the withdrawal method of birth control. This is when a man removes his penis from a woman's vagina before ejaculating; it may also involve what is commonly called "outer-course," or sexual activity outside the vagina,... Read all »
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This doesn't mean that condoms are 100% effective or that they're the best option for everyone. Couples need to decide for themselves their own birth control method, and should make this decision only after learning all the advantages and disadvantages to each.
One drawback with condoms is that most report they... Read all »
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Condoms have many advantages, one being that they're easy to obtain. You don't need a prescription as you do birth control and in most areas there is no age limit as to their purchase. They're also easy to use, easy to carry and ready for use at any time.
Most brands of condoms are also very affordable so they... Read all »