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Hormonal Birth Control

Hormonal Birth Control, also called hormonal contraception, are methods of birth control. They contain the hormones estrogen and progestin and release them in the body to prevent ovulation, and therefore prevent a pregnancy. They also have an effect on the cervical mucus and uterine lining, which makes it sperm movement and implantation more difficult. Common methods of hormonal birth control are the birth control pill, patch, ring, injection, intrauterine device (IUD) and implant.


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  2. WebMD. How does hormonal contraception work? https://www.webmd.com/sex/birth-control/qa/how-does-hormonal-contraception-work (accessed 4. August 2020)
  3. NHS UK. Which method of contraception suits me? https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/contraception/which-method-suits-me/ (accessed 4. August 2020)

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