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If you thought you needed to wait until Sunday, think again.

Sometimes old ideas die hard. One good example is the old idea that you have to start taking the pill on a Sunday, or start it five days after your period begins. Research has shown that this is just plain wrong.

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Which emergency contraception method is most like the Energizer Bunny?

For anyone who finds herself worried about becoming pregnant the morning after, there are multiple options. Perhaps the best-kept secret among them is the copper intrauterine device (IUD), aka ParaGard.

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What to expect when it’s time to visit your lady doctor. (It may just be a conversation.)

Going to see a health care provider can be intimidating, especially if you don’t know what to expect. But there’s good news: the visit may be as simple as talking to your provider. You may not need to have a pelvic exam or Pap smear depending on the reason for your visit.

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There are lots of reasons the best laid plans for using birth control don't work out...

There are lots of reasons the best laid plans for using birth control don’t work out: didn’t have enough money to pay for the ring this month, the condom broke, we’d had some drinks and got carried away…

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