An IUD (an acronym which stands for intrauterine device) is a small plastic device that is inserted into a woman's uterus by a clinician. It provides highly effective, safe, and convenient birth control.
Nexplanon (which has replaced Implanon, an older version of the device) is a small, thin, implantable type of birth control that releases hormones. It is a flexible plastic rod the size of a matchstick that is put under the skin of your arm and is effective for up to three years.
Depo Provera, also known as "the birth control shot" or just "Depo," is a synthetic hormone that is injected into the hip muscle every 12 weeks. Depo Provera prevents ovulation. It also alters the lining of the uterus making it much less likely for pregnancy to occur.
When used correctly, Depo Provera is 99.7% effective in preventing pregnancy over 12 weeks.
NuvaRing is a flexible, colorless, odorless ring about the size of a silver dollar containing estrogen and progesterone, the same hormones used in oral contraceptives. The hormones are absorbed through the vagina into the blood stream to prevent pregnancy. The ring is inserted into the vagina and left in place for 21 days. It is then removed for seven days to allow for a period.
The ring is as effective in preventing pregnancy as birth control pills. The failure rate, if used correctly, is less than 1%.
The mini-pill is a type of birth control pill that contains about half the amount of the hormone progestin found in most combined oral contraceptives. There is no estrogen in mini-pills.
Birth control pills (also known as combined oral contraception or "the pill") are used to prevent pregnancy. They are an effective non-surgical and reversible method of contraception. If taken consistently and correctly, birth control pills are more than 99% effective in preventing pregnancy.
Complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) are health care therapies that are not used by practitioners of conventional (Western) medicine. These remedies are sometimes excluded from standard practice due to lack of evidence.
There are several broad categories that CAM fall into. Some can be in more than one of these categories.
Drinking can be a relaxing and social activity, but if you consume too much, you could be risking your life. Drinking too much too fast can affect your breathing, heat rate, gag reflex, and can cause coma and death.
Alcohol poisoning should be taken seriously.
Despite its colorful name, chlamydia is not a flower! It is the most common sexually transmitted bacterial infection on university campuses. Approximately 2.8 million new cases are reported in the United States each year.