What is Birth Control?
According to the medical dictionaries, contraception refers to the methods used to prevent conception or impregnation
. Birth control on the other hand includes all actions, practices, medications, and devices used to prevent or reduce the chance of conception or interrupt a pregnancy at any stage. There are three main approaches to birth control:
- Contraception: Refers to the use of drugs, devices, practices and surgical methods to prevent fertilization from taking place. By using the proper contraception, a woman can choose when she wants to have a baby or if she wants to have one at all. Contraception methods barring condoms do not protect a person from sexually transmitted diseases.
- Contragestion: Refers to methods used to prevent the fertilized egg from implanting in the uterus. These include devices such as the IUD or medicines such as the morning after pill.
- Abortion : Refers to surgical or chemical methods used to remove the fetus or the embryo.
Frequently asked questions
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