Your Body on Birth Control: How The Pill and Other Contraception Really Works

Everyone knows how condoms work, but if you use any other type of birth control it may feel like a leap of faith. You pop a pill, insert a ring or get an IUD and by way of some sort of scientific magic, you don’t get pregnant. Are you wondering what’s actually going on inside your body to make that process work? Or how one birth control method differs from another? We talked with Elizabeth Harrington, M.D., an obstetrician-gynecologist at the Family Planning Clinic at UWMC-Roosevelt in Seattle, to get the scoop on what’s going on behind the scenes in your body with eight of the most common forms of birth control.

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