Birth Control Definitions, R-S Words

Contraception Dictionary

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Birth control definitions for words that begin with the Letters R and S.
(Need definitions of terms that start with different letters? See the last entry on this list for a link to the complete Contraception Dictionary.)

abortion pill
RU486. Photo Courtesy of Getty Images

Also known as the abortion pill (Mifeprex), RU486 is FDA-approved as a safe method of medical/nonsurgical abortion. RU486 can be effectively used up to the 7th week of pregnancy (5 weeks since conception) or up to 49 days after your last menstrual period.


Rubbers. © 2015 Dawn Stacey

Rubbers are also a slang word for condoms and come in many sizes and types. You can buy rubbers OTC in the family planning aisle of most local drugstores and supermarkets. They consist of a thin sheath made of latex, polyisoprene, polyurethane (plastic), or animal membrane that fits over a man's erect penis during sex.


Seasonique. © 2015 Dawn Stacey

Seasonique is an extended cycle birth control pill that is safely used to prevent pregnancy. Using this combination birth control pill, you will only have 4 periods a year. Each Seasonique pack comes with enough pills to be taken continuously for 84 days which results in fewer monthly withdrawal periods.


Sensis Condoms
Sensis Condoms. Photo © 2015 Dawn Stacey

Sensis Condoms offer the first new FDA-approved condom technology in over 50 years. Sensis Condoms have QuickStrips, a fast and easy way to make sure that the condoms are put on correctly. Because you can roll these condoms on so quickly, couples can stay in the "heat of the moment" and you may not lose your erection due to fumbling with putting on a condom. Plus, Sensis Condoms reduce condom failure and condom breaking.


Sex Education
Sex Education. Peter Dazeley/Getty Images

There are two approaches to sex education: comprehensive sex education and abstinence-only education. Comprehensive sex education programs do promote abstinence but also include teaching about available contraceptive methods and sexually transmitted infections. Abstinence-only education encourages sexual abstinence and typically include discussions of morals, values, “how to say no” skills.


Wet Platinum
Wet Platinum. Photo Courtesy of Wet Platinum

Silicone-based lubricants are safe to use with condoms. Because they are water-soluble, silicone lubrications do not dry up like water-based lubricants (such as Astroglide and Wet Gellee), but they may be difficult to wash off your body, clothes, or sheets because they are water-resistant. These personal lubricants can also be used during underwater sex.


There are four types of eco-friendly Sir Richard's Condoms: Ultra Thin, Extra Large, Pleasure Dots, Classic Ribbed plus a Collection pack. Sir Richard's condoms are vegan-friendly and made with all-natural latex, free of glycerin, paragons, and spermicide. Through their Buy One, Give One program, the Sir Richard's Company donates one condom to a community in need for every condom sold. Sir Richard’s also partners with (RED) -- 5% of Sir Richard’s sales go (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition condoms goes towards the fight against HIV/AIDS.


Skyla IUD
Skyla IUD. Photo © 2015 Dawn Stacey

Skyla, also known as Mirena's little sister, is a new mini IUD. Skyla must be inserted by a qualified doctor and slowly releases the progestin levonorgestrel over a 3-year period as a way to prevent pregnancy. A great long-term reversible contraceptive for teenagers, breastfeeding moms, and women who haven't given birth.


SKYN Condoms
SKYN Condoms. Photo © 2015 Dawn Stacey

Lifestyles SKYN condoms are made of polyisoprene (natural rubber) and are one of the few brands of non-latex condoms. SKYN condom use is effective in preventing both pregnancy and STDs (including HIV). SKYN condoms tend to be softer and more form fitting than polyurethane condoms and are gaining in popularity.


Spermicides. Photo © 2014 Dawn Stacey

Spermicide is an over-the-counter, contraceptive method that kills sperm. Vaginal spermicides come in several forms (like spermicidal jelly, cream, foam, tablets, and suppositories). VCF contraceptive film is also available. After being inserted, these spermicides melt and form a barrier that blocks the entrance to the uterus. beware of nonoxynol-9 (N-9), a chemical detergent that can be found in many common spermicides.


The sponge is a soft, round barrier device that is about two inches in diameter. It is made of solid polyurethane foam, contains the spermicide nonoxynol-9 and has a nylon loop attached to the bottom for removal. Although it was taken off the market in 1995 and then again in 2008, the Today Contraceptive Sponge is now available as a reversible, barrier, over-the-counter birth control method. You can insert the sponge up to 24 hours before sex, and it must be left in place for at least 6 hours afterward.


Standard Days Method

Standard Days Method
Standard Days Method. Photo © 2015 Dawn Stacey

The Standard Days method is a type of natural birth control. This method requires couples to abstain from sexual intercourse (or use condoms) during days 8 through 19 of the woman’s menstrual cycle. It is one of the easiest natural family planning options to teach and use. Many women choose to use cycle beads to help keep track of their cycle.


SYLK Bio-Sustainable Lube
SYLK. Photo © 2015Dawn Stacey

SYLK is a natural, water-based lubricant that allows you to enjoy an ecologically friendly lifestyle because this lubricant is bio-sustainable and chemical-free. It is made from kiwi vine extract from kiwi fruit orchards in the Pukekohe area of New Zealand, so it is gentle on the environment and on your body.

Synthetic Estrogen. Photo © 2015 Dawn Stacey

Synthetic estrogen (also known as ethynyl estradiol) is usually part of the formulation for many combination hormonal birth control methods. Synthetic estrogen is often safely used along with a progestin in many prescription contraceptives like the pill, NuvaRing, and the patch.


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