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The World Health Organization explains that the main advantage of family planning is that women and couples can avoid unwanted pregnancies, while the National Health Service warns that traditional family planning does not prevent against HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases. WHO advocates that with family planning, a woman can space out her pregnancies and limit her family size using different methods of contraceptives.

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  • Is there a pill I can take to delay my period?

    Q: Is there a pill I can take to delay my period?

    A: According to Boots WebMD, norethisterone is a prescription medication that can be taken to delay menstruation. Norethisterone is typically prescribed to females with irregular menstrual cycles, as it contains synthetic hormones that mimic female sex hormones and decrease the production of progestogen hormones.
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  • Does penicillin affect birth control?

    Q: Does penicillin affect birth control?

    A: Drugs.com states that penicillin sometimes makes birth control pills less effective, which may result in unexpected pregnancy. A backup method of birth control is recommended.
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  • What are the chances of getting pregnant on NuvaRing?

    Q: What are the chances of getting pregnant on NuvaRing?

    A: The National Institutes of Health report that when NuvaRing is used according to directions from medical professionals, only .3 percent of women get pregnant per year. Nine percent of women get pregnant per year through typical use. This is statistically equal to or better than many other methods of birth control.
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  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of family planning?

    Q: What are the advantages and disadvantages of family planning?

    A: The World Health Organization explains that the main advantage of family planning is that women and couples can avoid unwanted pregnancies, while the National Health Service warns that traditional family planning does not prevent against HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases. WHO advocates that with family planning, a woman can space out her pregnancies and limit her family size using different methods of contraceptives.
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  • What happens if I miss a Depo shot?

    Q: What happens if I miss a Depo shot?

    A: Once a Depo-Provera shot is missed, there is a possibility of pregnancy when having unprotected sex, according to the Indiana University Bloomington Health Center. It's necessary to have a Depo-Provera shot every 13 weeks for it to remain a viable method of birth control. If a woman misses a shot or receives it late, it is important to use a condom during each sexual encounter to prevent pregnancy.
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  • Why am I still bleeding if I am on the pill?

    Q: Why am I still bleeding if I am on the pill?

    A: Traditional birth control pills include a week of inactive pills; these cause the patient to undergo withdrawal bleeding, which looks much like a period, according to the Mayo Clinic. Spotting, or bleeding between periods, is also common, especially when someone is first on the pill.
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  • Q: What sizes do condoms come in?

    A: Condoms come in a wide variety of sizes, according to Avert. The average condom is 7.5 to 7.9 inches long and 2 inches wide at the base, according to Condom Sizes, however some can be notably smaller or larger.
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  • Q: What is the process for reverse sterilization with Essure removal?

    A: According to HealthGuidance.org, reversing Essure sterilization requires one of several microsurgical procedures. In one, called a tubouterine implantation, a doctor separates the healthy part of the fallopian tube from the uterus, removes the Essure coils from both sides of the uterus, opens the uterine wall and inserts the healthy portion of the fallopian tube into the opening.
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  • Q: Can taking the Plan B pill stop your period once it has started?

    A: Although the Plan B pill can affect the timing of the next period after its use, it should not stop menstruation once it has started. This pill can cause menstrual flow issues at the next period after its use, states WebMD.
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  • Q: Is spotting after getting an IUD normal?

    A: Spotting after getting an IUD inserted is normal, according to WebMD. Also common when having an IUD inserted is cramping. Both side effects are generally mild and are usually no cause for concern
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  • Q: What are the side effects of tubal ligation?

    A: Some side effects that can follow a tubal ligation procedure include light vaginal bleeding and excessive gas within the first couple days, according to WebMD. Although tubal ligation is a birth control method, it is not 100 percent effective. In five out of 1,000 cases per year, a woman becomes pregnant within the first year following a tubal ligation; in five years, 13 out of 1,000 women become pregnant.
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  • Q: What are the side effects caused by stopping NuvaRing?

    A: When a woman stops using NuvaRing, she may experience some side effects, such as nausea, vomiting, water retention, weight gain, painful menstrual periods, vaginal bleeding in between periods, ankle or feet swelling, bloating, tender breasts and headaches according to WebMD and NuvaRing's official site. There are other more serious problems that can occur during NuvaRing use or after stopping NuvaRing use including liver problems, gallbladder problems, angioedema and blood clots.
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  • Q: How does one know if an IUD has come out?

    A: It is usually unlikely for the IUD coil to come out, but if one is not feeling the threads, then it has moved, as stated by NHS. A doctor will teach a person how to feel the presence of the IUD coil during fitting it in place.
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  • Q: Does ovulation still occur after removing a Mirena IUD?

    A: Ovulation usually occurs while the Mirena intrauterine device (IUD) is in place as well as after the IUD is removed. According to Mirena's manufacturer, the IUD can stop the release of eggs from the ovaries, but this is not typical in most cases.
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  • Q: How long after using the Depo-Provera shot for six months does it take to be able to conceive?

    A: A woman may conceive as soon as three to four months after her last Depo-Provera shot, but conception may take as long as a year or two, according to WebMD. The length of time that a woman received Depo-Provera injections does not seem to impact this time frame.
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  • Q: How does the calendar method of birth control work?

    A: In the calendar or fertility awareness method of birth control, women tracks their menstrual cycles to determine on which days they are fertile and therefore at the highest risk for pregnancy. The calendar method is generally safe but carries a higher risk of pregnancy than hormonal or barrier methods of birth control, notes Planned Parenthood.
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  • Q: How many days after ovulation am I still fertile?

    A: A woman is fertile for up to one day after ovulation, per About.com. An egg is viable for 12 to 24 hours following ovulation, the American Pregnancy Association notes. After that time, unfertilized eggs then disintegrate and are absorbed by the lining of the uterus.
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  • Q: What birth control does not need a prescription?

    A: Birth control methods like traditional condoms, female condoms, spermicide and emergency contraceptive are available without prescription. Some methods, including emergency contraceptive pills, require that the purchaser be at least 17 years old.
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  • Q: What are the advantages & disadvantages of female & male sterilization?

    A: The biggest advantage of male and female sterilization is that they are permanent, effective means of birth control, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Planned Parenthood. For women, tubal ligation and tubal implants are available, while for men, the vasectomy is the permanent solution.
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  • Q: How many years does a tubal ligation last?

    A: Tubal ligation is considered a permanent form of birth control, according to MedlinePlus, so it is meant to last for a woman's lifetime. WebMD explains that tubal ligation involves blocking, tying or cutting the fallopian tubes to prevent the fertilization of a woman's eggs by sperm.
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  • Q: What are some ways to prevent teenage pregnancy?

    A: Early communication about sex and pregnancy is an effective method for preventing teenage pregnancy, according to Dr. Phil. Starting the conversation about sex, pregnancy and the consequences of having unprotected sex at an early age helps teenagers make smarter decisions about romantic relationships.
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