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What forms of prevention of STIs are there?

The CDC lists two: complete abstinence, and being in a long-term mutually monogamous relationship with an uninfected partner. Sexual intercourse naturally introduces microtears (small tears in the ...
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Can oral contraceptives prevent ovarian cysts from forming?

[I]s it logical/healthy to take in oral contraceptives on a regular basis even if one is not engaged in intercourse? There are several reasons to take oral contraceptive pills (OCPs) that have ...
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Are there ways to calculate the chance of becoming pregnant from a single sexual encounter?

There are many facts to consider in answering the question, but in effect, yes, one can calculate the chances. Things to consider: type of condom correct usage of condom point in the menstrual cycle ...
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Are contraception effectiveness percentages per-user or per-use?

Neither. The percentages given are the percentage of couples using that method who will conceive over a year. So if 100 people use that 98% method, 2 will get pregnant each year. Here is a page ...
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Do combined oral contraceptives cause weight gain?

The answer at the moment seems to be a clear "maybe". There is a Cochrane review of this very topic. Combination contraceptives: effects on weight. A Cochrane review is a study where people ...
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Breakthrough bleeding and antibiotics

You should not skip any pills when taking oral contracptives. Breakthrough bleeding is not uncommon, especially early on, and the pill is still effective at preventing pregnancy. You should, however, ...
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Are there reasons why fertility awareness methods of family planning are not widely promoted?

Fertility awareness methods are slightly different from the others in that they require you to have self control and not have sex when you might otherwise want. Many people don't like to do this. In ...
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Effectiveness of hormonal birth control

If by "I waited a week" you mean you waited seven days, you should be fine. However, seven days is the bare minimum so if you mean anything less than a full seven days then it depends on when you ...
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What health risks are associated with expired condoms?

TL;DR: using expired condom might lead to irritation on the skin of the sex organs involved in the act, and might also lead to skin inflammation and rash. After some self research, I found this ...
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The pill and breast cancer

The National Cancer Institute has a nice summary of the relationship between oral contraceptives and cancer, based on several reports. While there were some conflicting results, there seemed to be a ...
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How to check if condoms are good to use?

Fill them with water. If they leak, they're bad. Just keep in mind they're not meant to withstand pressure, so don't fill them to bursting. Use just enough water to show if there are any leaks.
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Late taking birth control pill

Birth control pills omitted for one day and having unprotected sex will not result in pregnancy if you have taken missed pill and the pill you should been taking on Wednesday. Birth control pills ...
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Are there any long term health risks for a woman (and/or her children) when using hormonal birth control?

Yes. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=ORAL+CONTRACEPTIVES+AND+MOOD%2FSEXUAL+DISORDERS+IN+WOMEN https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24014598 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29145752 ...
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Is the hormonal patch (used for contraception) waterproof?

Yes, or at least waterproof enough to bath and swim while wearing it. According to the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals: You can wear the patch while bathing, showering, swimming, ...
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