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Contraception Dictionary: Q - R - S

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 Q, R and S. For more detailed descriptions see the individual page for each term.

A thin sheath made of latex rubber, polyurethane (plastic), or animal membrane that fits over a man's erect penis during intercourse (also known as condoms).

Seasonique - Extended Cycle Birth Control Pill
Seasonique is an extended cycle birth control pill that is used to prevent pregnancy. Women will have fewer periods with Seasonique only 4 periods a year.

Sex Education
There are two approaches to sex education: comprehensive sex education and abstinence-only education.

Silicone-Based Lubricants
Silicone-based lubricants are safe to use with condoms. Because they are water-soluble, silicone lubrications do not dry up like water-based lubricants, and they can be used in the water. Learn more about this type of lubrication as well as some silicone-based lubricants to worth considering.

Sir Richard's Condoms
There are four types of Sir Richard's Condoms available: Ultra Thin, Extra large, Pleasure Dots, Classic Ribbed plus a Collection pack. These vegan-friendly condoms are also part of a worldwide buy one, give one program.

Skyla IUD
Skyla, also known as Mirena's little sister, is a new mini hormone IUD.

SKYN Condoms
Lifestyles SKYN condoms are made of polyisoprene (natural rubber) and are the only available brand of non latex condoms.

Chemical gels, foams, creams, or suppositories that kill sperm .

Spermicide Types
Vaginal spermicides are available in several forms: spermicidal jelly, cream, foam, tablets, suppositories, sponge and film.

A disposable soft, polyurethane device that is round and coated with spermicide. It is inserted into the vagina before sexual inetrcourse.

Standard Days Method
A simple fertility awareness option where couples are instructed not to have sexual intercourse during days 8 through 19 of the woman’s menstrual cycle.

Synthetic Estrogen
Synthetic estrogen (like ethinyl estradiol) is usually part of the formulation for many hormonal birth control methods.

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