Rebecca Sue Uranga


What to Do About Missed or Skipped Birth Control Pills

Birth control methods have high rates of effectiveness if they are used consistently. Follow your health professional’s instructions on what to do if you miss or skip your birth control pills. Some general guidelines are listed here. Combination (estrogen plus progestin) birth control pills Always read the pill label…

Male Condoms

What is a male condom? Condoms can protect you against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and they can be used to prevent pregnancy. A male condom is placed over a man’s erect penis before sex. Condoms are also called “rubbers,” “sheaths,” or “skins.” Condoms are made of latex (rubber), polyurethane, or sheep…

Birth Control Pills: Missed or Skipped Periods

It is not unusual for women who are taking hormone pills for birth control to have very light periods or no bleeding at all. If you have not missed any pills, skip 1 period, yet have no other signs of early pregnancy, it is very unlikely that you are pregnant. Signs of early pregnancy include fatigue, breast tenderness…

Low Amniotic Fluid

What is low amniotic fluid? Low amniotic fluid means that there is too little fluid around your baby in the uterus during pregnancy. The medical term for this problem is oligohydramnios. Amniotic fluid protects your baby from being bumped or hurt as you move your body. And it keeps your baby at a healthy temperature…

Birth Control: How to Use a Diaphragm

A diaphragm is a birth control device that blocks sperm from fertilizing an egg. It is made of rubber and shaped like a dome. It fits inside a woman’s vagina and covers the cervix (the opening of the uterus); a firm, flexible rim keeps it in place. A diaphragm is always used with a sperm-killing cream or jelly…