Birth Control Terms Beginning with Letters F-J

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Here are definitions for birth control terms that begin with the Letter F, Letter G, Letter H, Letter I, and Letter J.
(Need definitions of terms that start with different letters? See the last entry on this list for a link to my complete Contraception Dictionary.)

Failure Rates. Yuri Arcurs/Collection: E+/Getty Images

Failure rates are typically calculated for each birth control method based on the number of pregnancies that are prevented by using that method of contraception -- or the difference between the number of pregnancies expected to occur if no method is used and the number expected to take place with that particular method. 

Pronunciation: fail·ure rates (ˈfālyər rāts)


Fc Female Condom. Photo © 2015 Dawn Stacey

Formerly the Reality Female Condom, the Fc female condom is the only FDA-approved device for women that provides both pregnancy protection and STD/HIV prevention. This female condom warms to the touch, offers unique sensations, and can be used during water sex.

Pronunciation: fc fe·male con·dom (fc ˈfēˌmāl kändəm)


Female Condom. Photo © 2015 Dawn Stacey

Female condoms are polyurethane (plastic) pouches with flexible rings at each end. They are inserted into the vagina, collect semen, and prevent sperm from entering the woman's body. Female condoms are available OTC and can be helpful in the protection against many sexually transmitted diseases.

Pronunciation: fe·male con·dom (ˈfēˌmāl kändəm)


Femcon Fe. Photo © 2015 Dawn Stacey

Femcon Fe is the first FDA-approved chewable combination birth control pill (Minastrin Fe is another approved brand). It consists of a small, spearmint-flavored pill that can be either swallowed or chewed and contains .4 mg norethindrone (a progestin) and 35 mcg ethinyl estradiol.

Pronunciation: fem·con fe (fem-kän)


Femcap. Photo © 2015 Dawn Stacey

Femcap is a type of cervical cap that is available in three sizes. It is shaped like a sailor’s hat and is made of silicone, so it is both latex and hormone-free. You need to a prescription to get Femcap, and it should be used with spermicide.

Pronunciation: fem·cap (fem-kap)


Fertility Awareness Method
Fertility Awareness Method. Photo © 2015 Dawn Stacey

A natural contraceptive method (also referred to as natural family planning) where a woman monitors her fertility and avoids having intercourse during the time that she ovulates.

Pronunciation: fer·til·i·ty a·ware·ness meth·od (fərˈtilədē əˈwernəs ˈmeTHəd)


Generic Plan B One-Step. Photo © 2015 Dawn Stacey

Plan B One-Step is a 1.5 mg levonorgestrel-based emergency contraceptive. Also known as the morning-after pill, it can be an effective in preventing pregnancy if you have had unprotected sex or experienced contraceptive failure. There are four generic alternatives to Plan B One-Step. They are all equally effective and can be purchased OTC with no age restrictions. They are: My Way, Take Action, Next Choice One Dose, and AfterPill

Pronunciation: ge·ner·ic plan·b one·step (jəˈnerik plan b wən step)


Hormonal Contraception
Hormonal Contraception. Photo © 2015 Dawn Stacey

Hormonal birth control tends to be enormously popular because it is easy to use and highly effective. These methods are reversible, may offer non-contraceptive health benefits, and contain the hormones progestin, estrogen or both.

Pronunciation: hor·mon·al con·tra·cep·tion (hȯr-ˈmō-nəl käntrəˈsepSH(ə)n)


Hysterectomy. Keith Brofsky/Getty Images

A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure to remove all or part of the uterus. It is usually not considered a tubal ligation procedure, but it can lead to permanent sterilization because the removal of the uterus makes it impossible for a woman to bear children.

Pronunciation: hys·ter·ec·to·my (histəˈrektəmē)


Implanon. Photo Courtesy of S. Linder

Implanon, also known as the contraceptive implant, is a progestin-only birth control method where a single rod inserted into the upper arm. Nexplanon has now replaced this implant, so this Implanon is no longer available.

Pronunciation: im·plan·on (imˈplanän)


Implantation = Pregnancy. Photo Courtesy of Alexis Driggs (2003)

Implantation occurs once a fertilized egg has attached onto the lining of the uterine wall. Medically speaking, successful implantation equals the start of a pregnancy.

Pronunciation: im·plan·ta·tion (implanˈtāSH(ə)n)


Induction Abortion. Keith Brofsky / Getty Images

This is a type of abortion that is usually only performed to end a second or third trimester pregnancy if there is a medical problem/illness present in the fetus or the pregnant woman. During an induction abortion, a woman will be given medications that trigger the start of contractions and will undergo all the steps of delivery and childbirth.

Pronunciation: in·duc·tion a·bor·tion (inˈdəkSH(ə)n əˈbôrSH(ə)n)


IUD. Photo © 2015 Dawn Stacey

IUD stands for intrauterine device. It is a small, flexible contraceptive device shaped like the letter T. IUDs must be inserted and removed by a medical professional. They are long-lasting, effective and completely reversible (LARCs). There are three IUDS available in the US: Mirena, Skyla, and ParaGard.

Pronunciation: I·U·D


Wet Gellee
Wet Gellee. Photo © 2015 Dawn Stacey

This is a type of personal lubricant. Many individuals favor a jelly lubricant, like Wet Gellee, over other water-based and silicone lubes because it is not as runny. Wet Gellee is a thick jelly lubricant with staying power. Is this water-based and stain-free.

Pronunciation: jel·ly lu·bri·cant (ˈjelēˈlo͞obrəkənt)


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