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Today's condoms are mass manufactured and marketed and typically made of latex rubber or a synthetic form of sheepskin. In times past they may have been made of animal intestines or skins, or other durable materials such as very fine leather. There is also a wide variety of condoms available for use today; very thin... Read all »
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Is the condom effective? This is a very important question that every couple should ask themselves, as many often assume that any and all birth control methods are foolproof. The condom has a failure rate of 0.2% of the time when used perfectly, meaning a couple has a very small chance of becoming pregnant or of... Read all »
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Women can get pregnant as long as their body is physically able to get pregnant; that can be as young as ten, and as old as 65. Having regular monthly periods is typically the best indication that a woman is able to get pregnant, but it's not something that is 100% reliable. A young girl may be able to get pregnant... Read all »
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Choosing the right contraception is not always as easy as it may seem. Not every woman can take the birth control pill as it is a very strong medication, and has certain risk factors such as blood clots and infections. Women who smoke or who are obese increase these risk factors.
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When you begin contraception is also an important point to consider. A method such as the pill needs a prescription which means an appointment with a doctor. Other methods such as condoms or the use of a sponge or foam may take some practice, so assuming you can use it the first time perfectly may be... Read all »
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Using a condom is also a favorite choice for many since it's relatively affordable, easy to use, and does protect from STDs. However the condom does interfere with sexual activity and not all men care to use it. There is also the risk of it breaking or if it being used incorrectly.
Many couples find that using a... Read all »
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Before any parent makes a decision about contraception for their daughter, and before any young girl decides on being sexually active and contraception, it's good to note that girls as young as ten can get pregnant, and it's also good to note how dangerous and damaging this is to her health, her emotional and mental... Read all »
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The birth control pill as well as a patch or implanted ring delivering the same combination of hormones, have a failure rate of 0.3% when taken properly; this means taking the pill all the time, every time. Failure to use these properly will increase that failure rate and your chance of getting pregnant.
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Unfortunately many women today turn to the wrong sources for advice about contraception, not realizing the medical issues involved and often forgetting that each person's system and fertility rate is very, very different. As an example, someone might tell you that they use the "rhythm method," to time their sexual... Read all »
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Women, obviously, have been giving birth for hundreds of thousands of years. The basic process has changed little over that time. But medical knowledge has grown by leaps and bounds.
During the mid-19th century that knowledge consisted of a growing set of tools and drugs to minimize pain. By the mid-20th century,... Read all »
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Today, ultrasound is clear, simple, and (as medical tests go) relatively inexpensive. Most are covered by standard insurance plans that cover pregnancy.
Also called sonography or just 'a scan', the woman's abdominal area is exposed to harmless ultra-high frequency sound waves. The echoes are then recorded and... Read all »