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Guide to Health Literacy.
Common Misconceptions about Birth Control.
Questions and Answers.
The Menstrual Cycle.
1: 1. How Does the Menstrual Cycle Happen Each Month?.
2: 2. What Hormones Are Involved in the Menstrual Cycle?.
3: 3. Why Is It So Important to Follow My Menstrual Cycle in Relation to My Choice of Birth Control?.
4: 4. My Periods Are So Irregular. Can I Still Get Pregnant?.
5: 5. My Periods Are Light and Barely Last a Day. Can I Still Get Pregnant?.
Birth Control Basics.
6: 6. How Long Has Birth Control Been Around?.
7: 7. What Are the Different Kinds of Birth Control?.
8: 8. Why Are Most Birth Control Methods Targeted at Women?.
9: 9. What Conditions or Situations Would Prevent Me from Using Birth Control?.
10: 10. If I Use Birth Control Now, Will It Affect Any Pregnancies in the Future When I Decide I Want to Have Kids?.
11: 11. Is There Birth Control for Men Only?.
12: 12. Do I Need to Worry about Sexually Transmitted Diseases if I'm on Birth Control?.
13: 13. Does Using Birth Control Put Me at a Higher Risk for Cancer?.
14: 14. Can I Get Birth Control on My Own, Or Do I Need an Examination and Prescription?.
15: 15. Is Birth Control Covered by Insurance?.
16: 16. Will My Partner Know if I'm on Birth Control?.
17: 17. If I Start Using Birth Control, What Type of Monitoring or Follow-Up Do I Need?.
18: 18. If I've Had a Baby, How Soon After Delivery Can I Begin Using Birth Control?.
19: 19. Does Breastfeeding Work to Prevent Pregnancy?.
20: 20. I Recently Had an Abortion. When Can I Begin Using Birth Control?.
Natural (Nonhormonal) Methods.
21: 21. How Does the Abstinence Method Work?.
22: 22. Is Using the “Pull Out” Method Safe?.
23: 23. How Does the “Rhythm” Method Work?.
24: 24. Are Condoms Safe and Effective?.
25: 25. There Are So Many Different Types of Condoms. How Do I Choose the Right One?.
26: 26. How Does the Female Condom Work?.
27: 27. How Does the Diaphragm Work?.
28: 28. Can I Use Spermicidal Creams or Lubricants Safely as Birth Control?.
29: 29. What Is the Cervical Cap, and How Does It Work?.
30: 30. What is the Contraceptive Sponge, and How Does It Work?.
31: 31. How Do Oral Contraceptive Pills Work?.
32: 32. How Do I Start Taking OCPs, and What Should I Do if I Miss Pills?.
33: 33. Can I Stop Taking OCPs at Any Time if I Want to Become Pregnant?.
34: 34. Do I Use the Same Pill all the Time? Will I Ever Need to cHange the Type of Pill I Use?.
35: 35. How Might my Periods Change While I Am on Birth Control Pills?.
36: 36. What do I Need to Look Out for While I Am Taking OCPs?.
37: 37. Are There Foods or Medications that Interfere with OCPs?.
38: 38. How does the “Morning After” Pill Work, and How Often Can I Use It?.
39: 39. What Is the Patch, and How Does It Work?.
40: 40. What Is the Vaginal Ring, and How Does It Work?.
41: 41. What Is an IUD, and How Does It Work?.
42: 42. What is Long-Acting Injectable Birth Control, and How Does It Work?.
43: 43. What Is Implantable Birth Control, and How Does It Work?.
44: 44. Are there any Noncontraceptive Benefits to uSing Hormonal Contraception?.
45: 45. What Is a Tubal Ligation, and How Does It Work?.
46: 46. What Is the Essure Coil, and How Does It Work?.
47: 47. What Is a Vasectomy, and How Does It Work?.
Directory of Resources.
About the Author.