Health Conditions

Birth Control

What is Birth Control?

Birth control is used to prevent pregnancy. It can also be used for other conditions such as acne or hormone conditions. Birth control pills usually contain one or two hormones. These hormones prevent egg release from the ovaries. It also causes changes in the cervical mucus and uterine lining which may make it more difficult for sperm to fertilize an egg.

Birth control comes in many forms, but is commonly prescribed in pill form. Patches and injections are alternatives to pills. Common hormone combinations include estrogen / progestin / folate combinations, estrogen / progestin / iron combinations, estrogen / progestin combinations, and progestins.

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