Term Paper on Birth Control

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Birth Control

What exactly is birth control? Birth control means things that can be done to ensure that
pregnancy only happens if and when wanted. Nowadays there are a great variety of ways to
assure birth control. However, there is only one way that can be considered 100 percent
secure. The more it is known about birth control options, the better chances of avoiding
an unwanted pregnancy and reducing the risks of getting a sexually transmitted disease,
including AIDS.

The only guaranteed option of birth control is abstinence. Abstaining from having sexual
intercourse will ensure that pregnancy does not occur and also prevents sexually
transmitted infections. People may find it difficult to abstain for long periods of time
and tend to end their abstinence without being prepared to protect themselves against
pregnancy or venereal diseases. Many choose outer course which is sex play without vaginal
intercourse. For others, it is sex play with no penetration at all. It is a 100% effective
against pregnancy unless pre-ejaculate or sperm gets onto the vulva or into the vagina.
Outer course however, frequently leads to intercourse, therefore another form of birth
control and protection from infection has to be used.

The most commonly used methods of birth control are the condom and the pills. The pill is
taken once a day and a pack should be completed every month. Combination pills contain
estrogen and progestin. Others are progestin-only. Pills contain hormones that work in
different ways. The condoms are a sheath made of thin latex or plastic to cover the penis
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