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Contraception (a.k.a. birth control) refers to a variety of ways of limiting procreation. It has multiple related sub-topics.
- Contraception (medical methods): forms of pregnancy prevention that include barrier contraceptives (condoms, cervical caps, etc.), birth control pills or patches (i.e, hormonal contraceptives), and IUD's (intrauterine devices) [e]
- Intrauterine device: a birth control device that is 99+% effective in preventing pregnancy, and by removing the device the woman's fertility can be restored; it is a 1- to 2-inch piece of flexible plastic installed by a doctor into a woman's uterus, where it remains long-term to prevent implantation of a fertilized egg. [e]
- Sterilization_(human,_elective_procedures): Procedure performed to stop fertility permanently, in either the male or the female. [e]
- Natural family planning: the least reliable form of birth control, based on abstinence during the days of the month when the female is ovulating, whereby one in five women will likely become pregnant if sexually active and using only this method [e]
- Christian views on contraception: there is wide variation, with the Catholic Church completely rejecting it, and Protestant groups running the gamut between complete disapproval and complete acceptance, and Quakers having no collective opinion at all [e]
- Licensing_parents: An idea for controlling the quality or quantity of a population. [e]
- Desexing operation: the spaying and neutering of animals by surgery, leaving a male or female animal unable to reproduce and with lowered sex hormone levels [e]
We may need a parallel list for Fertility (demography) and fertility treatments