Dictionary for Letter C Birth Control Words

Contraception Dictionary

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Birth control dictionary for words that begin with the Letter C.
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Cervical Cap. Photo © 2015 Dawn Stacey

This is a barrier birth control device is a silicone or latex cup and must be fitted by your doctor. A cervical cap is similar to a diaphragm, only smaller. The Femcap and Lea Shield are two types of cervical caps.

Pronunciation: cer•vi•cal cap [sur-vi-kuhl kap]


Coitus Interruptus. Photo Courtesy of 4FR/Getty Images

This is a behavioral/natural method of contraception where a man pulls his penis out of the vagina before he ejaculates (also known as withdrawal).

Pronunciation: co•i•tus in•ter•rup•tus (ˈkō-ə-təs -ˌin-tə-ˈrəp-təs)


Colpotomy. Keith Brofsky/Getty Images

A colpotomy is also known as vaginotomy. It is a minimally invasive permanent contraception surgery where an incision is made in the posterior vaginal fornix (back wall of the vagina). Then, the fallopian tubes are pulled out of the incision, closed off (tied, clipped, or sealed shut), and put back into place.

Pronunciation: col•pot•o•my (käl-ˈpät-ə-mē)


Combination Hormonal Contraception. Photo © 2015 Dawn Stacey

These are hormonal contraceptives that contain a synthetic estrogen and some type of progestin to mimic the naturally-occurring hormones found in a woman's body. Combination contraceptives tend to be highly effective and differ in their use and well as their various estrogen/progestin combinations and levels.

Pronunciation: com•bi•na•tion hor•mon•al con•tra•cep•tion (kämbəˈnāSH(ə)n hȯr-ˈmōn-əl kän-trə-ˈsep-shən)


Combination Birth Control Pills. Photo © 2015 Dawn Stacey

Birth control pills (or oral contraceptives) that combine estrogen and one of eight types of progestin. They are categorized as monophasic, biphasic or triphasic based how the hormones are distributed over the weeks in each pill pack.

Pronunciation: com•bi•na•tion birth control pills (kämbəˈnāSH(ə)n bərTH kənˈtrōl ˈpils)


Combined Contraceptive Injections. Photo © 2015 Dawn Stacey

These are hormonal injections, such as Cyclofem, Cyclofemina, and Mesigyna that contain both estrogen and progestin. They must be injected month as after each injection, hormone levels peak then gradually decrease. These are not available in the US.

Pronunciation: com·bined con·tra·cep·tive in·jec·tion (kuh m-bahynd kän-trə-ˈsep-tiv in-ˈjek-shən)


Conception. Sarah Jones (Debut Art)/The Image Bank/Getty Images

Conception occurs after a single male sperm has penetrated a woman's egg. During conception, the genetic material from the sperm and the egg merge into a single nucleus. There are certain times when a female is more fertile, making conception more likely to occur.

Pronunciation: con·cep·tion (kən-ˈsep-shən)


Condoms. Photo © Damon Hart-Davis

A thin sheath made of latex, polyurethane (plastic), polyisoprene or animal membrane that fits over a man's erect penis during sex. Besides a vasectomy, condoms are the only contraceptive option for men and the only birth control method that can help protect against STIs.

Pronunciation: con·dom (ˈkän-dəm)


Continuous Cycle Pills. Photo © 2015 Dawn Stacey

Also known as extended cycle pills, these oral contraceptives are designed for safe continuous or extended use. Continuous cycle pills have been FDA-approved for you to skip periods or not have periods at all and include pills like Seasonique, Seasonale, and Amethyst.

Pronunciation: con·tin·u·ous cy·cle pills (kənˈtinyo͞oəs ˈsī-kəl ˈpils)


Contraception. Charles Thatcher Collection/The Image Bank/Getty Images

Various devices, sexual practices, chemicals, drugs, or surgical procedures with the purpose to prevent a woman from becoming pregnant. There are many types of contraception available.

Pronunciation: con·tra·cep·tion (kŏn'trə-sĕp'shən)


ParaGard Copper T 380A IUD. Photo © 2015 Dawn Stacey

A type of IUD, also known as ParaGard. The Copper T 380A IUD releases copper, so it is 100% hormone-free. Once inserted, it also lasts for 10 years. It can also be used for emergency contraception.

Pronunciation: cop·per T 380A IUD (ˈkäpər t 380A IUD)


Crisis Pregnancy Center. Photo © 2015 Cameron S

Crisis pregnancy centers typically try to portray themselves as legitimate medical clinics. They may offer free pregnancy tests and appear to offer unbiased support about abortion, adoption, and pregnancy options. CPCs have been found guilty of false advertising, being deceptive, and providing women with false information about birth control and abortion. They tend to have strong religious affiliations and promote an anti-choice agenda.

Pronunciation: cri·sis preg·nan·cy cen·ter (ˈkrīsis ˈpreɡnənsē ˈsen(t)ər)


Culdoscopy. Keith Brofsky / Getty Images

A culdoscopy, or transvaginal hydro laparoscopy, is a vaginal sterilization procedure. During a culdoscopy tubal ligation, the surgeon makes an incision in the vaginal wall (the recess behind the cervix). The fallopian tubes are taken out, closed off, and put back into place.

Pronunciation: cul·dos·co·py (kŭl-dŏs'kə-pē, kʊl-)


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