Contraception Terms Beginning with A and B

Contraception Dictionary

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Here are definitions for contraception terms that begin with the Letters A and B.
(Need definitions of terms that start with different letters? See the last entry on this list for a link to my complete Contraception Dictionary.)


Abortion. Keith Brofsky/Getty Images

A procedure where a woman chooses to terminate her pregnancy. Abortion is one of the most common medical procedures performed in the United States.

Pronunciation: abor•tion (ə-ˈbȯr-shən)

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Abortion Pill:

Abortion Pill. Getty Images/Hulton Archive

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

Pronunciation: abor•tion pill (ə-ˈbȯr-shən ˈpil)

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Abstinence. Ian Waldie/Getty Images

As a form of contraception, abstinence refers to not having any type of intercourse or sex play with a partner. 

Pronunciation: ab•sti•nence (ãb'stə-nəns)

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Adiana. Photo © 2015 Dawn Stacey

Adiana was FDA-approved in July 2009 as a non-surgical permanent birth control method that was a less-invasive alternative to tubal ligation. In April 2002, the Hologic company discontinued the manufacturing, sale and distribution of Adiana.

Pronunciation: a•di•ana (ə-dī-ˈa-nə)

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Adoption. Getty Images

Adoption is the legal act of permanently placing a baby with parents who will raise the child as their own.

Pronunciation: a•dop•tion (əˈdäpSH(ə)n)

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AfterPill. Photo © 2015 Dawn Stacey

This is a type of emergency contraceptive pill (a generic version of Plan B One-Step). Women are encouraged to be prepared AHEAD of time by buying AfterPill and having it available for immediate use when needed. It can only be purchased online, direct from manufacturer.

Pronunciation: af•ter•pill (ˈaf-tər ˈpil)

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Amethyst. Photo © 2015 Dawn Stacey

Amethyst is a brand of birth control pills that is the generic form of Lybrel (which is no longer available). It is continuous birth control, taken everyday, so you completely eliminate your monthly periods.

Pronunciation: am•e•thyst (ˈa-mə-thəst)

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Astroglide Personal Lubricants. Photo © 2015 Dawn Stacey

One of the best selling water-based personal lubricants, Astroglide is a   long-lasting lubricant. It has a slippery thin consistency (much thinner than gel-based lubes) and acts as a moisturizer for vaginal dryness. It also comes in several varieties, including a formulation without parabens or glycerin.

Pronunciation: as•tro•glide (as-truh-ɡlīd)

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Beyaz. Photo © 2015 Dawn Stacey

Beyaz is a combination birth control pill brand that contains the progestin drospirenone and also supplies folic acid. Beyaz is FDA-approved to help treat PMDD and moderate acne.

Pronunciation: be•yaz (ˈbē-yaz)

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Billings Method

Billings Method. Photo Courtesy of BOMA

This is a form of natural birth control. The Billings method, also referred to as the Billings ovulation method, teaches you how to recognize your own fertility patterns. You can then use these patterns to choose when to avoid sexual contact (to prevent pregnancy) or initiate sexual contact (in the attempt to conceive).

Pronunciation: Bil•lings meth•od (ˈbi-liŋz ˈme-thəd)

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Biphasic Pills

Biphasic Pills. Photo © 2015 Dawn Stacey

One of three categories of combination birth control pills, pills are considered biphasic if they change hormone levels once during the menstrual cycle. These pills deliver the same amount of estrogen each day, but progestin levels are increased, usually halfway through the pill pack.

Pronunciation: bi•pha•sic pills (bīˈfāzik ˈpils)

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Birth Control Shot

Birth Control Shot. Photo © 2015 Dawn Stacey

More commonly known as Depo Provera, the birth control shot is a progestin-only method. Each injection slowly releases medroxyprogesterone acetate that protects against pregnancy for a period of 11 to 14 weeks -- which equals about 4 shots a year.

Pronunciation: Birth con•trol shot (ˈbərth kən-ˈtrōl ˈshät)

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Breastfeeding (continous)

Breastfeeding. Image Source/Getty Images

Breastfeeding (continuous), also known as Lactational Amenorrhea Method (LAM), can be an effective natural contraception option if it has been less than six months since you have given birth and your period has not yet returned.

Pronunciation: Breast•feed•ing (ˈbrest-fēd-iŋ)

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