<p>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.</p>Read more
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Birth Control Q&As
Bonnie Lynn Wright, PhD
What can I expect if I change birth-control methods?
<p>It depends on what you are changing from and to. If you are changing from a barrier method to the pill, or the reverse, you may experience some side effects from the changes in hormone levels. Even from pill to pill, you may experience some mood swings or changes in your cycle. If you experience significant symptoms in mood, flow or other unusual symptoms, call your health care provider.</p><p>Always use a backup method such as condoms when you are changing birth control methods just to be safe. </p>
- QWhy do I have break through bleeding on birth control?
- QWhat type of contraception should I use after delivery?
- QWhat are advantages of combination birth control pills?
- QWhat is birth control?
- QWhat is a cervical cap?
- QDoes the birth control patch interact with any medications?
- QWhat are the benefits of Nexplonan implant birth control?
- QHow can I choose the right birth control for me?
- QWhat are the risks of combination birth control pills?
- QHow should I talk to my teen about birth control?
- QCan being overweight affect how my birth control pills work?
- QHow effective are female barrier methods of contraception?
- QWhat is the morning-after pill?
- QHow effective is an etonogestrel implant?
- QIs long term birth control better than vasectomy?
- QDoes the birth control patch have any side effects?
- QWhy do women resist using birth control?
- QHow can men benefit from use of birth control?
- QHow do side effects and contraindications of birth control methods differ?
- QWhat is dual protection in the context of sexual intercourse?
- QDo I still need birth control during the menopause transition?
- QHow effective is a hormone-releasing intrauterine device (IUD)?
- QHow do hormonal methods of contraception work?
- QWhat should I know before using the birth control patch?