Birth Control

Birth Control is your choice because you and often, your partner, will have to live with the consequences of a pregnancy, a birth, or, sometimes, an abortion or still born baby. Not every instance of sex results in pregnancy but many might, so, throughout human history, we have been trying to keep that pleasure of sex and minimize the sometime consequences of sexual intercourse.

These attempts have had many versions. Crocodile or elephant dung. Chastity belts. Drinking poisonous compounds; as recently as WW2, some women wanted to work with lead in the hopes that it would make them infertile. That didn't work but lead can result in multiple organ failure as a start. Condoms? Some form of those have been around as far back as 3000 B.C.- things like goat or fish bladders, sheep intestines, linen have been documented. How about a little magic, using mule's earwax and weasel testicle? Want more taste of bizarre attempts to control human reproduction on a personal level? These examples and more  were found at WebMd.

Fortunately we now know more about human reproduction and what is likely to work as "contraception", (against conception). Contraception today consists of many hormonal treatments to fool a female body into not releasing an egg, as well as "barrier methods" like the popular and easy to find condom, that attempt to place a barrier between sperm and an egg. Almost none of these is 100% effective and some do nothing or little to prevent transmitting certain infections in, in the case of pubic lice, infestations. But having sex, how much to have and what you are OK with doing must be your personal choice. And if you have a partner for it, they must be OK with it all too. So, choice of birth control is also personal and should be OK with partners.

Information in this section is very general; often you will be best off to ask a medical person, especially if you are female; age, diet, medical conditions may all have an effect on your menstrual cycle, affecting fertility.

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NuvaRing Information here is general in nature. Over time information may get changed, contradicted or added to. You should always consult a medical practitioner or pharmacist for up to date and comprehensive information.

NuvaRing Approximate effectiveness: 98-99% No protection against STDs.

Can be made ineffective by antibiotic use; consult your doctor or pharmacists if you are taking antibiotics The NuvaRing is an attractive birth control method because it needs to be inserted into the vagina only once a month. It then releases hormones which, like the Birth Control Pill releases hormones which "trick" a woman's ovaries into not releasing an egg. Its effectiveness is said to be 98 or 99 %. And, like the Pill, there is no protection from STDs.

Here is a commercial site about NuavRing . (Smart2Ask does not endorse this or any product but you may find some information here worth seeing. Note the "Safety" tab on the home page).

A female squeezes the flexible NuvaRing and places it in her vagina, and it doesn't need to be in any particular place. It stays there for 3 weeks and gets taken out at the start of the 4th week, though it protects against pregnancy for 4 weeks. In case you are wondering about that flexible ring in the vagina during sexual intercourse, yes, it gets taken out during sex. You'd want to check the product's literature but generally it can be taken out for up to three hours before sex and then should be re-inserted.

What does it do in there? It releases hormones which prevent the release of an egg so pregnancy won't happen. Possible side effects, both good and bad, are pretty much like those of the birth control pill. You will need to get a prescription from a doctor or clinic. Use a backup form of birth control like abstinence or condoms for the first month of use. You don't want to be using two hormone-type methods at the same time. Get a second month's NuvaRing and have it on hand before your second month starts so you aren't suddenly caught without it. Remember, you won't even have it inserted for the fourth week of the month.