What Is Birth Control?
Birth control -- also called contraception -- is a way to prevent pregnancy during sexual intercourse. There are several birth control methods that work either to prevent the woman's ovary from releasing an egg, prevent the male's sperm from fertilizing the egg, or prevent implantation of the egg in the lining of the uterus. Not having sex is also considered a form of birth control.Read more
What You Need to Know
Emergency contraception (EC) prevents pregnancy within about 72 hours or five days of unprotected sex. The most common form of EC is a pill known as “Plan B” or the morning-after pill, but an IUD inserted after sex can also be EC.Learn More about EC
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Birth Control Q&As
Carlos A. Pottinger, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
Citrus Memorial Hospital
How soon can I get pregnant after birth control?
If you’re planning to get pregnant, think ahead. Depending on the birth control, pregnancy can take place anywhere from one day . . .
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