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Contraception Dictionary: G - H - I - J

Learn about the available birth control methods one word at a time.

These are just the briefest of definitions of some of the available birth control options beginning with the letters G and H. For more detailed descriptions see the individual page for each term.

Generic Plan B
The equivalent of Plan B that consists of two levonorgestrel pills.

Generic Plan B One-Step
The new, generic version of Plan B One-Step is Next Choice One Dose.

A hysterectomy, is a procedure to remove the uterus and is considered major surgery. It is usually not used for sterilization, but it can be. A hysterectomy can be performed through the vagina (vaginal hysterectomy) or abdomen (abdominal hysterectomy). Laparoscopically assisted vaginal hysterectomy is also another option. Types of hysterectomies include partial (or supracervical) hysterectomy, total hysterectomy, radical hysterectomy or complete hysterectomy.

Hormonal Contraception
Any type of birth control that contains the synthetic hormones of estrogen and/or progestin.

A contraceptive implant made of a single rod inserted into the upper arm.

When a fertilized egg as attached to the uterine wall; thus indicating that a pregnancy has begun.

Induction Abortion
An induction abortion is usually only performed to end a second or third trimester pregnancy if there is a medical problem or illness present in the fetus or the pregnant woman. During an induction abortion, a woman will be given medications that trigger the start of contractions and will undergo all the steps of delivery and childbirth.

Intact D&X (Dilation and Extraction)
The late term abortion procedure, D&X (intact dilation and extraction), is performed after 21 weeks of pregnancy. The D&X late term abortion procedure results in the extraction of an intact fetus and is perhaps the most controversial of all the abortion procedures.

IUD (intrauterine device)
A small, plastic device shaped like a T that is inserted into the uterus to function as a contaceptive device.

Jelly Lubricants
These lubricants, like Wet Gellee, are ultra-thick and gel-based.

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