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Birth Control (Contraception) for Women

You should probably use a reversible option such as hormonal methods or an intrauterine device (IUD). Barrier methods such as male and female condoms or a diaphragm also can be considered. But barrier methods are less reliable methods of pregnancy protection.

Most women prefer to start with a hormonal method, such as birth control pills. First, let's be sure that you don't have a medical reason to avoid hormonal types of birth control.

Of the types of hormonal contraceptives, some contain a combination of estrogen and progesterone. Others contain only progesterone.

Some women should probably avoid hormonal contraceptives. It's safest to not take hormones if you

-- Have a history of blood clots

-- Have breast cancer

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