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Birth Control Types, Side Effects, and Effectiveness Topic Guide

Birth Control Types (Options, Side Effects, and Effectiveness) Birth Control Types (Options, Side Effects, and Effectiveness): Many different types of birth control are available, and include hormonal methods, barrier methods, and behavioral methods. The type of birth control depends on the method or options a woman chooses. Common side effects of the birth control pill (the most common form of birth control used by women in the US) include, fluid retention, breakthrough bleeding, missed periods, anxiety, mood changes, and decreased sexual desire (libido).

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ethinyl estradiol and norelgestromin Ethinyl Estradiol And Norelgestromin

Ethinyl estradiol and norelgestromin contains a combination of female hormones that prevent ovulation (the release of an egg from an ovary). This medicine al...learn more »

ethinyl estradiol and etonogestrel Ethinyl Estradiol And Etonogestrel

Ethinyl estradiol and etonogestrel vaginal ring is used as contraception to prevent pregnancy...learn more »

etonogestrel (implant) Etonogestrel (implant)

Etonogestrel is a hormone that prevents ovulation (the release of an egg from an ovary). This medication also causes changes in your cervical mucus and uter...learn more »

drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol Drospirenone And Ethinyl Estradiol

Drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol is a combination birth control pill containing female hormones that prevent ovulation (the release of an egg from an ovary...learn more »

ethinyl estradiol and desogestrel Ethinyl Estradiol And Desogestrel

Ethinyl estradiol and desogestrel is a combination birth control pill containing female hormones that prevent ovulation (the release of an egg from an ovary)...learn more »

ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel (extended-cycle) Ethinyl Estradiol And Levonorgestrel (extended-cycle)

Ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel extended-cycle is a combination drug that contains female hormones that prevent ovulation (the release of an egg from an...learn more »

ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel Ethinyl Estradiol And Levonorgestrel

Ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel is a combination birth control pill containing female hormones that prevent ovulation (the release of an egg from an ova...learn more »

ethinyl estradiol and norethindrone Ethinyl Estradiol And Norethindrone

Ethinyl estradiol and norethindrone is a combination birth control pill containing female hormones that prevent ovulation (the release of an egg from an ovar...learn more »