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Contraception

Tubal Ligations

Types of Tubal Ligation

One of the most common forms of birth control to date is sterilization. Female sterilization, or getting your tubes tied, is a reversible procedure that makes up for about 33 percent of all contraception choices in this country. There are six major methods for the tubal ligation procedures. These different methods all have the same basic purpose: to stop eggs from reaching the uterus....(more)

Tubal Ligation Reversal

Everyone changes their minds. Sometimes what seems like the correct choice for you at one point in your life is not the best choice later. The same can be said for tubal ligation procedures. When you're looking to get that procedure reversed, there are many options available. One of the most common is a tubal laparoscopy. This procedure is intended to remove the blockage that resulted in the ligation and allow you to become pregnant....(more)

Explanation of the Irving Procedure

One of the most common and effective methods of birth control is sterilization. There are many procedures that you can look at if you want to tie your tubes. One of the methods is called the Irving Procedure. This method of birth control allows the option of reversal, unlike the Essure. If you are currently pregnant, the procedure can be done immediately after the birth of your child. Because it is a surgical procedure, you need to check with your insurance to see if you will be covered....(more)

A Q&A on Essure

Regardless if you've got all the kids you want or don't want any, there are many different kinds of tubal ligation procedures that are available to you. If you're looking at getting your tubes tied, one procedure is swiftly becoming the most popular. This method is called Essure. Essure is covered by most US insurance companies, unlike many other surgical procedures that can be listed as voluntary. The Essure device can be implanted by a nurse practitioner and is a simple, outpatient procedure....(more)

Abstinence

The Impact of Self-Enforced Restraint

By definition, abstinence is the act of imposing self-imposed restraint upon oneself in regards to areas that give pleasure. Though it is commonly associated with sexual activity, it can also refer to a variety of other activities. The reason for choosing abstinence in any case is usually from personal convictions or religious restrictions. Abstinence can also be chosen because of physical or mental ailments....(more)

Educating Your Teen About the Tough Stuff

If you're a parent, chances are that you don't want to think about your teenager having sex. It's just as likely that you shudder to think about the complications that can arise from such an occurrence. It's important that younger generations are well-informed about such issues in order to both ease your mind and ensure they have the right knowledge to make the right choices. Topics that most won't bother to discuss, like abstinence or abortion, can also define the decisions young adults will make....(more)

Knowing Your Contraception Choices

Numerous types of contraception can make things a little daunting for people who are looking for effective and cost-sensible methods of birth control. Add to that common misconceptions and myths, like variations on the definition of abstinence, and the whole subject can become quite daunting. There are numerous informative resources available to assist with finding the right kind of contraception for you. A call or visit to your local health care provider or some intense research online can tell you what you want to know....(more)

Birth Control Pills

Getting to Know Seasonique

Finding a type of birth control pill that perfectly suits you make take some trial and error. You may experience adverse effects from many or find that they just aren't working for you. Seasonique is a type of extended cycle birth control that many women find to be safe and agreeable. Being familiar with the product can lend you certain insight. You may find that you'll develop questions of your on whether or not this product could work for you....(more)

Considering Implanon as a Contraceptive

From among the myriad methods of contraception, there is one that has been proven to be the most effective. Long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) takes two forms: that of an intrauterine device (IUD) or that of a subdermal implant. Unlike birth control pills, the LARC methods do not depend on an individual's consistent adherence to routine, such as taking a pill every day. The effectiveness of the subdermal LARC, Implanon, has been clinically proven and it has a failure rate of only 0.5 percent....(more)

A Guide to Condom-Friendly Lubricants

If condoms are your main source of birth control, you don't want anything interfering with their functionality. Certain kinds of personal lubricants can weaken condom strength, so it's important to know ahead of time which types are safe to use with condoms and which aren't. Silicon based lubricants, which can include silicone compounds dimethicone and dimethiconol, are safe for use with condoms. Water-based lubricants have also proved to be safe to use in conjunction with condoms, while oil-based lubricants are not....(more)