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Prescription Birth Control

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Prescription Birth Control Prescription birth control tends to be the most effective form of contraceptive. To get a prescription, you can visit a reproductive health clinic, such as a Public Health Family Planning Clinic or a Planned Parenthood Clinic, a family doctor, a gynecologist, or a community clinic. There are a variety of different types of prescription birth control to choose from. Some common options are the pill, the ring, the implant, and the shot.
Prescription birth control pills are the most popular form of contraceptive in the United States. The pill is a medication that women can take daily to prevent pregnancy. They are made up of hormones; some are made up of two hormones, estrogen and progestin, while others only contain progestin. The hormones prevent the ovaries from releasing eggs, and make the woman’s cervical mucus thicker, making it more difficult for the sperm to reach the eggs. According to Planned Parenthood, less than 1 in 100 women will get pregnant in each year if they always take the pill each day as directed, and approximately 9 out of 100 women will get pregnant each year if they don’t always take the pill as directed. Some additional benefits of taking birth control are reduced menstrual cramps, lighter periods, protection against pelvic inflammatory disease, reduced acne, and protection against bone thinning, heavy and/or irregular cramps, serious infections in the ovaries, tubes, and uterus, and more. A few common side effects are
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