Looking for information about menstruation, PMS or contraception? Concerned about a late period or irregular periods? Our menstrual cycle can sometimes play tricks on us.
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When a woman starts to get her period, her menstrual cycle has begun and she can conceive a baby if the egg that is released unites with a sperm (and is fertilized) as a result of having sex with a man. Fertilization usually occurs in the fallopian tube, a few hours after ovulation. If the fertilized egg attaches to the wall of the uterus, called implantation, it can grow and develop. Conception therefore requires three crucial steps: ovulation, fertilization and implantation.
Most contraceptives act on one or another of these key stages to prevent pregnancy:
Hormonal methods (such as the birth control pill) prevent ovulation from occurring and make it harder for a fertilized egg to become implanted into the wall of the uterus.
Barrier methods (like condoms) or sterilization (tubal ligation) will prevent fertilization from occurring by reducing the possibility of any contact between the egg and a sperm.
Emergency oral contraception so as to delay, for example, the time of ovulation.