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How Implanon Works as Birth Control

Some women choose Implanon as a birth control device because they want a contraceptive that doesn't require daily, or even seasonal, maintenance — or sterilization. Implanon is a good option for these [more…]

Birth Control: How a Vasectomy Works

If a couple is looking for a permanent form of birth control, a vasectomy is a common consideration. A vasectomy is the male version of sterilization. After a minor surgical procedure, the man’s semen [more…]

Birth Control: How a Tubal Ligation Works

Tubal sterilization (or tubal ligation, and often known as getting your tubes tied) is the most commonly used birth control method for women over the age of 34. After all, getting your tubes tied is a [more…]

How to Have Safe Anal Sex

The anus has a lot of nerve endings, so anal sex can be pleasurable to both the man and the woman. That said, it also comes with a lot of risk. If you want a healthy sex life, you absolutely must know [more…]

How "the Patch" Works as Birth Control

A reliable safe-sex practice is to use hormones as birth control. One of the many available methods is the Patch (or Ortho Evra). Ortho Evra delivers the same hormones as the Pill via an adhesive patch [more…]

Safe Sex: How the IUD Works as Birth Control

If a woman wants birth control that works — for years, one of the safest and most effective methods is an intrauterine device (IUD). The IUD is inserted into a woman’s uterus by a doctor and can remain [more…]

Safe Sex: Using the Sponge as Birth Control

The sponge contraceptive is just that, a sponge that contains a spermicide that blocks the opening to the cervix. Of course, not all contraceptives are equally effective. It is not the most reliable nor [more…]

Safe Sex: How the Condom Works as Birth Control

If you're at risk of contracting a sexually transmitted disease (STD), then a condom is an absolute necessity for a healthy sex life. Condoms fall into the “barrier method” category of birth control: they [more…]

Birth Control: How the Female Condom Works

As a safe sex option, the female condom is lesser known and more expensive than the regular male condom. Both the female and the male condom function the same: It is a sheath that should be worn during [more…]

Safe Sex: How Spermicides Work as Birth Control

Drug stores carry an array of spermicides for birth control: foams, creams, gels, and vaginal contraceptive film (VCF). Whatever the method, these products all work to kill the sperm before they can fertilize [more…]

Natural Family Planning: Using the Calendar Method

One form of natural family planning is the calendar method (or the fertility awareness method or the rhythm method). This approach is based on the regular patterns of fertility that most women have and [more…]

Natural Family Planning: The Basal Body Temperature Method

In natural family planning, a woman's basal body temperature can be used as an indicator of fertility. When you combine the basal body temperature method with the calendar method, you can better predict [more…]

Natural Family Planning: Monitoring Cervical Mucus

In natural family planning (abstinence when the woman is most likely to be fertile), a woman's cervical mucus can be used as an indicator of fertility. Monitor the condition of cervical mucus while using [more…]

Natural Family Planning: Using the Sympto-Thermal Method

Natural family planning works best with the sympto-thermal method, which employs all the possible techniques of the natural birth control approach. The sympto-thermal method engages the calendar method [more…]

Myths about Birth Control

From coitus interruptus (a fancy name for the withdrawal method) to the power of douching, there are a lot of myths out there about how to prevent unintended pregnancy without using birth control. Guess [more…]

How to Have Safe Oral Sex

Many people have the erroneous notion that oral sex is completely safe because no one ever became pregnant through oral sex. But oral sex isn't entirely safe when it comes to sexually transmitted diseases [more…]

When Is the Time Right for Postpartum Sex?

After the baby is born, many partners look forward to resuming their pre-pregnancy sex lives as soon as possible only to learn that they must wait. For some [more…]

How to Remove a Condom

The trickiest part of using a condom can be in removing it. If the condom leaks (a common result of improper removal), the sperm can then make their way into the vagina—and then you may be dealing with [more…]

How to Use Condoms as Safely as Possible

If you want to have safe sex without worrying about STDs or pregnancy, it's essential to understand how to make using condoms as safe as possible. Condoms have become one of the most used methods of contraception—particularly [more…]

How to Cope with an Unexpected Pregnancy

An unexpected pregnancy can be the happiest news, the worst, or somewhere in between, depending on your situation. Deciding what to do when you’re unexpectedly pregnant is a huge decision, and you should [more…]

How Your Body and Mind Change during Adolescence

If you're entering adolescence, it means you're on the road to adulthood. Adolescence is turbulent — the physical and mental changes can be overwhelming for you, and it isn't an easy time for your family [more…]

Adolescence: Growing Up as an Early or Late Bloomer

Going through adolescence is rough. It can feel even rougher if you’re the first boy to develop a light mustache, or the last girl to develop breasts. Although the best advice is to enjoy your youth and [more…]

How to Talk About Sex with Older Children

No matter how much you enjoy talking to your kids, having “the talk” about sex with your older children can be nerve-wracking. For the sex ed conversation to be most effective, it needs to be heart-to-heart [more…]

Teen Sex: How to Know How Far to Go

One of the biggest questions for teens isn’t “Should I have sex?” but “How far should I go?” While one’s own comfort level and that of the partner should be the top priority in this decision, other factors [more…]

Talking to Teens about Masturbation

For many parents and teens, the idea of talking about masturbation sounds like an exercise in horrendous discomfort and awkward silences. Many adults believe there’s nothing to be gained from it, either [more…]

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