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UNDERSTANDING THE HORMONES IN YOUR BODY

NATURAL HORMONES

Hormones affect every woman in different ways, and we all have them. Often we don't directly feel the influence they have on our bodies, but sometimes we do – most notably during puberty when the sex hormones are produced in larger amounts. These hormones, including estrogen and progestins, enable and influence the menstrual cycle.

HORMONES AND THE MENSTRUAL CYCLE

The menstrual cycle is a roughly 28-day process regulated by hormones that occur naturally in the body. Here's a brief overview of how it happens.

ALTERNATIVE CONTRACEPTION METHODS

If your usual contraception recently let you down, if a late period has caused you concern, or if your current method doesn’t fit your lifestyle, consider these contraception methods:

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This approach is entirely self-directed, and requires a lot of planning and tracking. Those who wish to avoid unplanned pregnancy should use a hormone-free barrier method when ovulating, or if menstrual cycles are irregular. For protection from STIs, condoms must be used. 

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Withdrawal has a huge capacity for human error. As some sperm can be released before orgasm, the withdrawal method should only be considered if you’re comfortable with the risk of conceiving. It does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases. 

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