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Birth Control (Contraception) for Women

When you are thinking about becoming sexually active again, you will want your new partner to use a condom. At the same time, consider your options for more reliable pregnancy protection that is also reversible.

The most reliable reversible contraceptives are hormonal methods or an intrauterine device (IUD).

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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