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Contraception Dictionary: T - U - V - W- X - Y - Z

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 T, U and V. For more detailed descriptions see the individual page for each term.

Take Action Morning-After Pill
A levonorgestrel-based morning-after pill and generic alternative to Plan B One-Step.

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

Transvaginal Hydrolaparoscopy
A transvaginal hydrolaparoscopy, also known as culdoscopy, is a vaginal sterilization procedure. It is considered to be minimally invasive surgery. During a culdoscopy tubal ligation, the surgeon makes an incision in the vaginal wall. Then, the fallopian tubes will be pulled out of the incision, closed off (tied, clipped, or sealed shut), and put back into place.

Tubal Ligation
A surgical or nonsurgical procedure that permanently sterilizes a woman by preventing an egg (ovum) from traveling to the uterus(also known as tubal sterilization).

Vacuum Aspiration Abortion
The manual vacuum aspiration is an available abortion option to end an early pregnancy. The manual aspiration procedure only takes a few minutes, has a quick recovery and a very high success rate. Learn more about this early abortion option.

Vaginotomy
A vaginotomy, also known as colpotomy (or culpotomy), is a vaginal sterilization procedure. It is considered to be minimally invasive surgery. During a colpotomy, the surgeon makes an incision in the vaginal wall. Then, the fallopian tubes will be pulled out of the incision, closed off (tied, clipped, or sealed shut), and put back into place.

Vasectomy
A procedure that permanently sterilizes a man by preventing the release of sperm when a man ejaculates.

VCF Vaginal Contraceptive Film
Vaginal contraceptive film (or VCF) is a hormone-free, 2X2-inch thin sheet of film that acts as a barrier to immobilize sperm. VCF contains the spermicide Nonoxynol-9 that kills sperm on contact. VCF can be inserted 15 minutes before sex, dissolves completely and can last for 3 hours. This is considered to be a safe and effective contraceptive,...

Wet Gellee
A very thick jelly lubricant available in two formulas.

Withdrawal
The behavioral action where a man pulls his penis out of the vagina before he ejaculates.

Withdrawal Bleeding
Definition of withdrawal bleeding. Is withdrawal bleeding the same as menstrual periods? During withdrawal bleeding, there is no period. Find out why this is also known as a fake period.

Yaz
Yaz is a birth control pill that is also FDA-approved to help treat PMDD and moderate acne.

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