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Birth Control Pills: How to take BCPs

Updated 11 August 2022 under Health Guides.

The most common pill packs come with 21 active hormone pills and seven placebo pills, but some packs have 23, 24, 26, or even 28 active pills. The example shown […]

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Birth Control Pills: General Information

Updated 11 August 2022 under Health Guides.

Birth control pills (also called oral contraceptive pills and the “Pill”) are a type of female hormonal birth control method and are very effective at preventing pregnancy. The Pills are […]

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I’m 15 and I want to start birth control pills but I’m too afraid to ask my mom. What should I do?

Updated 6 March 2014 under Ask Us.

There are a few things you can do. Try to find the right time to talk to your mom about issues that effect teens in general, such as healthy relationships, […]

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Making Healthy Sexual Decisions

Updated 13 June 2021 under Health Guides.

You may be thinking about what it means to be involved in a sexual relationship. As a young adult, it’s normal to think about sex, have sexual feelings, and have […]

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Emergency Contraception (EC)

Updated 13 July 2022 under Health Guides.

Emergency contraception (EC) is a backup method of birth control for preventing pregnancy after unprotected PIV (penis-in-vagina) sex. Even though it’s commonly called the “morning-after pill,” EC includes both pills […]

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Hormone Patch (Xulane/Twirla)

Updated 8 May 2022 under Health Guides.

The patch looks like a square Band-Aid (less than 2″ x 2″) and is worn on the skin. It contains hormone medicine like birth control pills, but the dose absorbed […]

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Condoms

Updated 22 March 2022 under Health Guides.

The external (male) condom is a sheath (covering) worn over the penis during sexual activity. It prevents pregnancy by acting as a barrier, preventing semen from entering the vagina so […]

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Vaginal Hormonal Ring (NuvaRing®, Annovera™ )

Updated 6 December 2022 under Health Guides.

The vaginal ring is a method of birth control that provides both estrogen and progestin hormones. You need a prescription from your health care provider. The vaginal ring is also […]

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Intra-Uterine Devices (IUDs)

Updated 18 February 2021 under Health Guides.

An intra-uterine device is a type of birth control that is inserted through the vagina and cervix into the uterus to prevent pregnancy. There is more than one kind of IUD. […]

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I had sex last night without precaution. What should I do now?

Updated 21 November 2013 under Ask Us.

If you’ve had sex without using protection, you’ll need to be concerned about two things: preventing pregnancy and getting screened for sexually transmitted infections. Emergency contraception (EC) typically called the […]

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