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  • Birth Control Center

    General Overview

    Birth control (contraception) is used to control the number of children people have by preventing or lessening the frequency of conception. There are numerous forms of birth control, and it's important to understand all your options—and their pluses and minuses—before you choose the right method for you. More

    Learning About Contraceptives

    Although women are grateful for this relatively simple and reliable form of contraception, most of them readily admit that they don't know much about how oral contraceptives actually work.
    Condoms come in many shapes, flavors, and sizes. Regardless of these differences, there are only three varieties of material used for condoms—latex rubber, lambskin, and polyurethane. Find out which kind is the best, and learn tips on using this contraceptive choice.
    Like birth control pills, the vaginal ring is 98% to 99% effective at preventing pregnancy, though it’s effectiveness decreases if used improperly. Learn more about the ring's advantages, disadvantages, and precautions.
    "The IUD (intrauterine device) has been around a long time," says Diana Cheng, MD, a gynecologist with the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, "but it's a very underutilized method…It's effective for ten years [and it's] so simple." Learn more about this option.
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    In November 2002, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first method of permanent sterilization for women that does not involve invasive surgery—a device called Essure. Essure is a small metallic implant that is placed into a woman’s fallopian tubes. Unlike other sterilization procedures for women, no incision or general anesthesia is required.

    Learning About Contraceptives (Continued)

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    Men and women of all ages and from all walks of life are using this choice for birth control and/or protection from sexually transmitted infections. Further your knowledge by learning about the different kinds of condoms.

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    Special Topics

    It's a myth that you can't get pregnant while you're breastfeeding. What are the safe and effective forms of birth control for breast-feeding women?
    They may know the basics on the birds and the bees, but do they know all they need to know about sexually transmitted infections?

    Natural and Alternative Treatments (By Condition)

    The Alan Guttmacher Institute http://www.agi-usa.org

    Planned Parenthood Federation of America http://www.plannedparenthood.org

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    Make a Change For LifeLearn more

    Wellmont LiveWell is creating a new tradition of wellness in the mountains by providing individuals with tools and encouragement to live healthier lifestyles.

  • HeartSHAPE Spotlight

    At risk for a heart attack? Learn more

    Fight heart disease early and prevent heart attacks with HeartSHAPE® - a painless, non-invasive test that takes pictures of your heart to scan for early-stage coronary disease.

  • Calories and Energy Needs

    Calorie NeedsLearn more

    How many calories do you need to eat each day to maintain your weight and fuel your physical activity? Enter a few of your stats into this calculator to find out.

  • Ideal Body Weight

    Ideal Body WeightLearn more

    Using body mass index as a reference, this calculator determines your ideal body weight range. All you need to do is enter your height.

  • Body Mass Index

    Body Mass IndexLearn more

    This tool considers your height and weight to assess your weight status.


  • Can we help answer your questions?

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