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If you and your partner are thinking about going bare, here are a few things to do first.

Condoms are great—they’re available in almost any drug store or clinic and they protect against pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). More than half of U.S. couples use a condom...

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If those skinny jeans are feeling a bit too skinny, don’t assume your birth control is the cause.

It’s a very common story. A woman starts using hormonal birth control, finds herself gaining weight, and assumes the birth control is to blame. The tricky thing is that lots of research about...

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If you’re on medication and planning a pregnancy—or not doing much to prevent one—talk with your health care provider.

Medication can be a great tool for improving health—but some medicines that are wonderful for you can cause problems for a developing pregnancy. So if you use certain types of medication, it’s...

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Just had a baby? Congrats and good luck! Now, what birth control are you using?

Now that your bundle of joy has come, it’s time to snuggle up with that new-baby smell and settle into being a mom. Between that and dealing with the effects of sleep deprivation—going to the...

Birth Control Basics

  • Why should I?

    A few of our favorite reasons why birth control is a very good idea.

  • Avoid the gap

    Birth control between boyfriends is smart just in case things get spontaneous.

  • Hello, birth control

    When it comes to birth control, you’ve got a lot of options.