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If hepc is sexually transmitted, do barrier methods of contraception (condoms, diaphragm) help?

If hepc is sexually transmitted, do barrier methods of contraception (condoms, diaphragm) help?

Barrier ok: We do not know why hepatitis c is not always transmitted sexually but some are - using condoms should minimize the risk, other methods are not effective. ...Read more

Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Contraception (Definition)

Contraceptiion is a means of preventing conception (or fertilization). There are hormonal and non hormonal methods of preventing sperm and egg from meeting. Talk to your doctor or clinic about what options are best for you. There are short acting methods (condoms, pills, patch, ring) and long ...Read more


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I had a mirena iud implanted on Monday Oct 23rd on the 8th day of my cycle. My barrier method of contraception (condom) broke during sexual intercourse Tuesday Oct 24th and I am very concerned. Will I need to take emergency contraception? Or will the m

I had a mirena iud implanted on Monday Oct 23rd on the 8th day of my cycle.  My barrier method of contraception (condom) broke during sexual intercourse Tuesday Oct 24th and I am very concerned.  Will I need to take emergency contraception?  Or will the m

No: An IUD works as emergency contraception, if a woman gets an IUD after having sex. If she already had an IUD before sex, then that is very good contraception, so no back-up method is needed to prevent pregnancy. If she keeps worrying about pregnancy, she can do a home urine pregnancy test. Tests are inexpensive, very accurate, and sold in stores everywhere. Adding condoms helps prevent infections. ...Read more

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Can u give me advice on contraception method? I hv four daughters..Aged 6 oldest and 10 months youngest

Can u give me advice on contraception method? I hv four daughters..Aged 6 oldest and 10 months youngest

Mirena (levonorgestrel) IUD : Would be great if you don't want more children in the near future. Once it is in you can forget having to take pills or anything! it works well and lasts for 5 years! others include oral pills, permanent surgery, depoprovera shots, to name a few. ...Read more

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How safe is billings method for contraception? I read a chinese study said its 70% effective, while i read a academic that says its 97% effective

How safe is billings method for contraception? I read a chinese study said its 70% effective, while i read a academic that says its 97% effective

Typical v perfct use: When we talk about how effective a method of contraception is, we talk about perfect use--often in a research study, where couples use the method perfectly, consistently, and with no failures. We also talk about typical use--which allows for human error--forgetting, not understanding, sometimes not using the method. So that's one reason you'll see a variation in effectiveness. ...Read more

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"natural" methods of contraception?

"natural" methods of contraception?

Abstane: The only legitimate so called natural family planning is abstinence. Rhythm is really not a method... It is russian roulette. Modern birth control is both safe and effective. Fear of it is not needed in reality. ...Read more

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What are some methods of male contraception?

What are some methods of male contraception?

Condoms/abstinence: Condoms and abstinence are the only reliable, proven, reversible, and legal ones. Vasectomy is effective but permanent. That's it, i'm afraid. ...Read more

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How effective is the withdrawal method of contraception?

How effective is the withdrawal method of contraception?

Not at all: Since pre ejaculatory seminal fluid contains "live" sperm that "can jump the waterfall" and impregnate. This method is, unfortunately, the"russian roulette" method of contraception and only a single "bullet" is "fatal". ...Read more

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What are some contraception methods for people with factor v lieden?

What are some contraception methods for people with factor v lieden?

Non-hormone methods: People with abnormalities of factor v are at increased risk of blood clots in the veins. For that reason we avoid birth control with estrogen in it (pills, patch, ring). Some doctors also avoid Progesterone (mirena (levonorgestrel) iud, implanon, pills, Depo-Provera provera) although the evidence on that is not clear. Barriers like condoms, cervical caps, and diaphragms are safe. So is the paragard iud. ...Read more

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If careful, how effective is the withdrawal method of contraception?

If careful, how effective is the withdrawal method of contraception?

It's not: Too many variables, no one can or try to give you a meaningful numerical answer. But it's about as effective as russian roulette. ...Read more

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What are possible contraception methods for people with factor v lieden?

LARC methods: Estrogen containing contraceptives are contraindicated in women with FACTOR V LEIDEN DEFICIENCY. However evidence supports the safe use of progestin only contraceptives - LNG IUD(Mirena (levonorgestrel) or Skyla), Implant (Nexplanon), DMPA, POPs, or the nonhormomal copper IUD (Paragard). Barrier methods are obviously safe but less effective. ...Read more

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What are effective contraception methods for people with factor v lieden?

Some safe options: Progestins are felt to be better, to avoid the increased clotting risk from Estrogens in birth control pills. So: the mini-pill is usually considered safer, the iuds are very safe options, as are: Depo Provera (medroxyprogesterone) shots, and the Nexplanon rod. Some oncologists are okay with using the nuvaring, b/c vaginal Estrogens don't affect the liver the way oral pills do, and get lower levels of estrogen in ur b. ...Read more

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How effective is the natural family planning method for contraception?

How effective is the natural family planning method for contraception?

Depends: It really depends on how regular your cycles are and how good you are at cycle counting. This method can work, but unfortunately often times does not because women sorta expect that their bodies/ovaries work like clockwork and in all honesty they don't typically do that year after year. This method really doesn't work well in teens and women closer to the age of perimenopause. Best rate 80%. ...Read more

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What is the most effective way to use the pulling-out method of contraception?

What is the most effective way to use the pulling-out method of contraception?

There isn't one: Withdrawal or the "pull out" method is not birth control! don't fool yourself or your partner - use a condom or some other method of contraception. There can be sperm the the fluid released from the penis during intercourse before you ejaculate and she can get pregnant. ...Read more

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Can you please suggest the best method of contraception to use as a back up to condoms?

Contraception: Nuvaring is excellent........It allows you to always be in control without worrying about side effects that BCP can cause. ...Read more

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Could you switch between birth control brands or methods of contraception without side effects?

Could you switch between birth control brands or methods of contraception without side effects?

Maybe,maybe not: One of the reasons for dozens of available BCP's is the difference in individual women.Various pills have a differing combinations or doses of hormones.Some will do well on one preparation while others will not tolerate it. Yet a different preparation is likely to meet the needs of most women.Switching between similar dose/blends from different drug companies may go easier than changing the mix. ...Read more

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I have factor v leiden was wondering what contraception methods could people with this condition use?

Not oral: Contraceptive pill. You may use any of the barrier methods and iud. If you are done with childbearing, tubal ligation would be an option. It would be prudent to discuss the matter with your doctor. ...Read more

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What to do if I have factor v leiden was wondering what contraception methods people with this condition use?

What to do if I have factor v leiden was wondering what contraception methods people with this condition use?

Do not use the pill: There are other contraceptive methods like IUD, diaphragm, condoms, and if you are done with childbearing, ligation of fallopian tubes. Also please abstain from using tobacco in any form. ...Read more

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Using the "pull out" method for a year with my girl for contraception, you guys say its v. Ineffective. Should we test our fertility?

Using the "pull out" method for a year with my girl for contraception, you guys say its v. Ineffective. Should we test our fertility?

Fertility: If you want a baby & the responsibilities that entails, continue your "pull-out" method; eventually, it will fail & you'll get pregnant. If, however, you're not ready for pregnancy, use condom, birth control, iud, or other contraceptive method. ...Read more

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Dr. Cornelius O'leary jr
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Birth Control (Definition)

Also known as contraception, birth control is a method to prevent pregnancy. Some methods of birth control include a vasectomy, tubal ligation, oral contraceptive pills, vaginal rings, hormone injections, condoms, diaphragms, sponges, ...Read more