Hormones

DHEA

What is DHEA? DHEA is the most abundant steroid hormone in our bodies. (Hormones in this category include estrogen, testosterone, and cortisone.) DHEA, short for

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Human Growth Hormone

What is human growth hormone? Human growth hormone (HGH) fuels the growth of our bodies during childhood and adolescence. Released from the pituitary gland when

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Tubal Ligation

What’s tubal ligation? It’s an operation designed to make a woman sterile. If you’re certain that you don’t want to have any more children, you

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Spermicides

Can I use spermicides alone for birth control? You can, but they’re tricky to use. For that reason, women who rely only on spermicides for

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Natural Family Planning

What’s natural family planning? The name refers to a variety of methods for predicting the fertile days during a woman’s cycle. These techniques are used

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IUD FAQ

What’s an intrauterine device? The intrauterine device, or IUD, is a T-shaped plastic stick that’s wrapped in copper or filled with a synthetic form of

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Female Condoms

What’s a female condom? A female condom is a thin polyurethane pouch that you insert into your vagina before sex to prevent pregnancy and guard

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Diaphragm

What’s a diaphragm? A diaphragm is a shallow dome-shaped rubber cup that you insert into your vagina to keep sperm from entering your cervix. If

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Sex and Menopause

Our bodies are a stew of hormones and chemicals and enzymes and all sorts of exotic-sounding ingredients. For many women, this concoction bubbles along happily

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