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August 2016


Barrier methods

Contraceptive sponge This barrier method is a soft, disk-shaped device with a loop for taking it out. It is made out of polyurethane (pah-lee-YUR-uh-thayn) foam and contains the spermicide (SPUR-muh-syd) nonoxynol-9. Spermicide kills sperm. Before having sex, you wet the sponge and place it, loop side down, inside your vagina to cover the cervix. The sponge is effective for more than one act of

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Types of Birth Control

Continuous abstinence This means not having sex (vaginal, anal, or oral) at any time. It is the only sure way to prevent pregnancy and protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV. Natural family planning/rhythm method Barrier methods Put up a block, or barrier, to keep sperm from reaching the egg Contraceptive sponge Diaphragm, cervical cap, and cervical shield Female condom Male condom Hormonal methods

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Participate in a Clinical Trial

The National Institute of Mental Health supports research studies on mental health problems. Clinical trials are scientific studies to find better ways to prevent, detect, or treat illnesses. Learn more about clinical trials. You can learn more about how to participate, refer a patient, or learn about results of studies at ClinicalTrials.gov, the National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Library of Medicine’s registry of federally and privately

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Health Insurance and Mental Health Services

Q: How does the Affordable Care Act help people with mental health issues? Answer: The Affordable Care Act provides one of the largest expansions of mental health and substance use disorder coverage in a generation, by requiring that most individual and small employer health insurance plans, including all plans offered through the Health Insurance Marketplace cover mental health and substance use disorder services. Also

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