Birth Control Glossary, K-L Definitions

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Keyhole Vasectomy

No-Scalpel Vasectomy
Keyhole Vasectomy. Peter Dazeley/Getty Images

A keyhole vasectomy (also known as a no-scalpel vasectomy) is an alternative permanent male sterilization procedure to a traditional vasectomy. No incisions are made during a keyhole vasectomy. Instead, a small puncture is made through the skin, each vas (one at a time) is lifted out of the single puncture site, ligated (cut), and put back in.


Kimono MicroThin Condoms with Aqua Lube:

Kimono MicroThin Condoms. Photo © 2015 Dawn Stacey

Kimono MicroThin Condoms are designed for the discriminating condom user. This ultra thin, silky condom continually receives some of the highest ratings by reviewers. These strong latex condoms are popular due to their comfortable fit (many men say it's like not wearing a condom at all). MicroThin’s Aqua Lube is made to feel natural and adds a smooth, cool sensation without any odor, stickiness, or staining.


KYNG Extra Large Condoms:

Kyng LifeStyles Condoms. Photo © 2015 Dawn Stacey

KYNG Extra Large Condoms are a newer large condom option from LifeStyles. They are part of the LifeStyles Signature Collection that includes SKYN and THYN condoms. KYNG condoms are extra long and wide, so larger men can be comfortable, too. These extra large condoms also have a flared shape and a reservoir tip.


Lactational Amenorrhea Method (LAM):

Lactational Amenorrhea Method. Juzant/Getty Images

The Lactational Amenorrhea Method (LAM), also referred to as continuous breastfeeding, is considered a natural birth control option -- it is effective as long as you don't rely on for more than six months (after giving birth) and your period has not yet returned.


Lambskin Condoms:

Lambskin Condom. Photo © 2015 Dawn Stacey

Lambskin condoms (also referred to as natural condoms) are made of a natural membrane, so they are a good alternative for people who are allergic to latex condoms. These are the oldest types of condoms and are typically more expensive than latex condoms. Though they provide contraception (protection against pregnancy), the porous membrane of Lambskin condoms does not protect against HIV and other sexually transmitted infections



Laparoscopy. Photo Courtesy B. Wurn

Laparoscopy (also called laparoscopic sterilization) is one of the two most common methods of tubal ligation -- the other common permanent sterilization procedure is a mini-laparotomy. A laparoscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure where a thin tube called a laparoscope is inserted, so the surgeon can see the fallopian tubes. A second device, either inserted through the laparoscope or through another tiny incision, is used to close off the fallopian tubes with rings, clamps, clips, or by sealing them shut.



Laparotomy. Steve Debenport/Vetta/Getty Images

A laparotomy is also known as open tubal ligation and is considered to be major surgery. During a laparotomy, the surgeon makes a larger incision in the abdomen. Then, the fallopian tubes are pulled out of the incision, tied/closed off (clipped, tied, or sealed shut), and put back into place. A laparotomy is usually performed right before or after some other type of unrelated abdominal surgery.



Long Lasting Reversible Contraception. Photo © 2015 Dawn Stacey

LARCs are long-acting reversible contraceptives. They are long-term birth control options that are very effective (and suitable for teens). LARCs include IUDs: Skyla, Mirena, and ParaGard as well as the birth control implant Nexplanon.


Late Term Abortion:

Late Term Abortion. Keith Brofsky/Getty Images

The late term abortion procedure, D&X (intact dilation and extraction), is performed after 21 weeks of pregnancy. The D&X late term abortion procedure results in the extraction of an intact fetus and is perhaps the most controversial of all the abortion procedures.


Latex Condoms:

Latex Condoms. Photo © 2015 Dawn Stacey

These are condoms that are made with a type of rubber. Latex condoms tend to be the most widely available and least expensive of all the condom types. These condoms are effective in preventing both pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (including HIV).


Lea's Shield:

Lea's Shield. Photo © 2015 Dawn Stacey

The Lea's Shield is a type of cervical cap that made of of silicone, so it's both latex and hormone-free. It is about the size of a diaphragm, has an air valve (to creating an air-tight seal), and a loop to remove it. For better effectiveness, it should be used with spermicide. It only comes in one size, but you still need a prescription to obtain the Lea's Shield. It is washable and reusable. Unlike the cervical cap (that is held in place by the cervix) and the diaphragm (that is held in place by the pubic bone), the Lea's Shield is held in place by muscles of the vaginal wall. After sex, it must be left in place for at least 8 hours (but no more than 48 hours) and should not to be used during your period.


LifeStyles Turbo Condoms:

LifeStyles Turbo Condoms. Photo © 2015 Dawn Stacey

LifeStyles Turbo Condoms are one of the newer products designed by LifeStyles. These Turbo condoms differ from other condoms because they were created to heighten sexual pleasure for both women and men. These condoms contain a unique sexual enhancement lubricant called ExciteGel both on the inside and outside of the condom. This special lubricant creates a tingling and/or warming sensation that helps to amplify pleasure for both partners.



Loestrin. Photo © 2015 Dawn Stacey

Loestrin is a combination birth control pill that contains ethinyl estradiol and norethindrone. It is a monophasic pill. Loestrin is a little bit different than standard 28-day birth control pills because it typically comes in a 21-day formula.



Lybrel. Photo © 2015 Dawn Stacey

In 2007, Lybrel became the first birth control pill that gained FDA-approval to eliminate monthly periods. Lybrel was an extended-cycle oral contraceptive where a woman took a pill everyday to completely stop her period for a full year. Lybrel's manufacturer discontinued its production once a generic alternative became available. Currently, you can only obtain Lybrel (levonorgestrel/ethinyl estradiol) in its generic form, which is being sold under the name Amethyst.


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