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Managing Your Fertility


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    • 1. Chapter Thirteen: Managing Your Fertility
    • 2. Birth Control vs. Contraception
      • Birth control refers to all procedures and methods that can prevent the birth of a child
      • Contraception refers to procedures used to prevent fertilization
    • 3. Theoretical Effectiveness vs. Use Effectiveness
      • Theoretical effectiveness: Measure of a contraceptive method’s ability to prevent a pregnancy when the method is used precisely as directed during every act of intercourse
      • Use effectiveness: Measure of a contraceptive method’s ability to prevent a pregnancy when used by the general public
    • 4. Selecting Your Contraceptive Method
      • Safety
      • Effectiveness
      • Reliability
      • Reversibility
      • Affordability
      • Ease of use
      • Interference with sexual expression
      Considerations when choosing contraception
    • 5. Behavioral Contraceptive Methods 73% use effectiveness Removal of penis from vagina before ejaculation Withdrawal (“coitus interruptus”) 15% use effectiveness No method used Chance 100% effective No sexual activity Abstinence
    • 6. Behavioral Contraceptive Methods (cont.) 75% use effectiveness
      • Calendar (calculating the unsafe days of a women’s menstrual cycle)
      • Basal body temperature (rise in body temperature correlates with timing of ovulation)
      • Billings cervical mucus method (evaluate consistency of vaginal discharge to predict ovulation)
      • Symptothermal (combines basal temperature and mucus methods)
      Periodic abstinence (rhythm method)
    • 7. Periodic Abstinence
    • 8. Over-the-Counter Contraceptive Methods
      • Spermicides
        • Foams
        • Creams
        • Jellies
        • Films
        • Suppositories
      • Condoms
        • Male
        • Female
      • Contraceptive sponge
    • 9. Over-the-Counter Contraceptive Methods 71% use effectiveness OTC agents that are capable of killing sperm Vaginal spermicides
    • 10. Over-the-Counter Contraceptive Methods (cont.) 84% use effectiveness Small, pillow-shaped contraceptive that contains spermicide; placed in the vagina to cover the cervical opening Contraceptive sponge 79% use effectiveness Polyurethane sheath inserted into the vagina Female condom 95% use effectiveness Latex condom in combination with spermicide Male condom with spermicide 85% use effectiveness OTC latex shield designed to cover erect penis and retain semen upon ejaculation Male condom
    • 11. Use of a Male Condom
      • Keep a supply on hand
      • Handle condoms with care
      • Put condom on before genital contact
      • Lubricate the condom
      • Take care the condom is not dislodged from penis
      • Inspect condom for tears before discarding
    • 12. Prescription Contraceptive Methods
      • Diaphragm
      • Lea’s Shield
      • FemCap
      • Intrauterine device (IUD)
      • Oral contraceptives
        • Combined pills
        • Minipills
      • Injectable contraceptive
      • Contraceptive implant
      • Contraceptive ring
      • Contraceptive patch
    • 13. Prescription Birth Control Methods 99%+ use effectiveness
      • T-shaped device inserted into the uterus
      • Medicated or unmedicated
      • Somehow interferes with implantation of the ovum
      • World’s most popular reversible contraceptive method
      Intrauterine device (IUD) 86% use effectiveness
      • Lea’s shield: Reusable oval silicone device that covers the cervix
      • FemCap: Reusable hat-shaped silicone cap that covers the cervix
      • Use similar to diaphragm
      Lea’s Shield or FemCap 84% use effectiveness
      • Soft rubber cup that covers the cervix
      • Fitted by health care professional
      • Used with spermicide
    • 14. Use of a Diaphragm
    • 15. Prescription Birth Control Methods (cont.) Blood clots, stroke, hypertension, heart attack Potential risks
      • Tenderness in breasts
      • Nausea
      • Headaches
      • Spotting
      • Weight gain
      • Sex drive fluctuation
      • Frequent vaginal infections
      • Mild depression
      Side effects
      • Daily pills
      • Estrogen works by reducing ovum development
      • Progesterone reduces ovulation and thickens cervical mucus
      • 92% use effectiveness
      Oral contraceptive pills
    • 16.  
    • 17. Prescription Birth Control Methods (cont.)
      • Skin patch containing estrogen and progestin
      • Worn for 3 weeks, then 1 week off, then new patch
      • 92%+ use effectiveness
      Contraceptive patch
      • Polymer device containing estrogen and progestin
      • Placed deep in the vagina for a 3-week period
      • 92%+ use effectiveness
      Contraceptive ring (NuvaRing)
      • Each shot effective for a 3-month period
      • Prevents ovulation and thickens the cervical mucus
      • 97% use effectiveness
      Injectable contraceptive
      • Daily pill
      • Low-dose progesterone
      • 92% use effectiveness
    • 18. Prescription Birth Control Methods (cont.)
      • Protection is good for 3 years
      • Can be used while breastfeeding
      • Physician must insert and remove
      • May cause temporary irregular bleeding
      • Possibility of cardiovascular problems
      • Use effectiveness not yet known
      Contraceptive implant
    • 19. Emergency Contraception
      • Contraceptive measured used to prevent pregnancy within a few days of unprotected intercourse
      • Hormonal or IUD insertion
      • “ Morning after” pill; not RU-486 (“abortion pill”)
      • Plan B available behind the pharmacy counter
        • Those under age 18 must have a prescription
        • Will not cause abortion or affect established pregnancy
    • 20. Sterilization
      • Sterilization = Generally permanent birth control techniques that surgically disrupt the normal passage of ova or sperm
      • Vasectomy: Removal of a section of the vas deferens
      • Tubal ligation: Fallopian tubes are cut and the ends tied back
    • 21. Male Sterilization: Vasectomy
    • 22. Female Sterilization: Tubal Ligation
    • 23. Abortion: Termination of a Pregnancy
      • First Trimester Procedures
        • Manual vacuum aspiration
          • Procedure performed by dilating the cervix and removing uterine contents
        • Dilation and suction curettage (D&C)
          • Procedure in which the cervical canal is dilated to allow the uterine wall to be scraped
        • Medication abortion
          • RU-486 (mifepristone) blocks the action of progesterone and causes the lining of the uterus to break down
    • 24. Abortion: Termination of a Pregnancy (cont.)
      • Second Trimester Procedures
        • Dilation and Evacuation (D&E)
          • Performed between 13 and 16 weeks of pregnancy
          • Cervix is dilated and contents are removed by suction
        • Rarely used procedures
          • Hypertonic saline procedure
          • Prostaglandin procedure
    • 25. Dilation and Evacuation
    • 26. Abortion: Termination of a Pregnancy (cont.)
      • Partial-birth abortion
        • Federal ban
      • Third-trimester abortion procedures
        • Hysterotomy
        • Hysterectomy
    • 27. Pregnancy
      • Obstacles to Fertilization
      • Acid level in the vagina
      • Cervical mucus thickness
      • Location of cervical entrance for sperm
      • Location of the correct fallopian tube for sperm
      • Distance sperm travels
      • Motility of sperm
    • 28. Aids to Fertilization
      • 200-500 million sperm cells are deposited into the vagina during ejaculation
      • Sperm are deposited near the cervical opening
      • Male accessory glands help make the semen nonacidic
      • Uterine contractions aid sperm movement in the proper direction
      • Sperm cells move fairly quickly
      • Sperm can live for days
      • Cervical mucus is thin and watery at the time of ovulation
    • 29. Fertilization and Implantation
    • 30. Signs of Pregnancy (Presumptive)
      • Missed menstrual period after sexual intercourse the previous month
      • Morning sickness
      • Increase in size and tenderness of breasts
      • Darkening of the areolar tissue around the nipples
    • 31. Signs of Pregnancy (Probable)
      • Increased frequency of urination
      • Increased in the size of the abdomen
      • Cervix becomes softer by the sixth week
      • Positive pregnancy test
    • 32. Signs of Pregnancy (Positive)
      • Determination of a fetal heart beat
      • Feeling of the fetus moving (“quickening”)
      • Observations of the fetus by ultrasound or optical viewers
    • 33. Agents that Can Damage a Fetus
      • Rubella/herpes viruses
      • Tobacco smoke
      • Alcohol
      • Certain OTC drugs
      • Radiation
      • Accutane (acne drug)
    • 34. Intrauterine Development
      • Three trimesters (13 weeks each)
      • First trimester
        • Zygote
        • Blastocyst
        • Embryo
        • Fetus (after 8 weeks)
      • Second trimester: Organs develop, fetal heartbeat and bone structure evident, prominent weight gain in the mother
      • Third trimester: Fetus increases weight from 2-3 pounds; absorption of major nutrients allowing increased growth and weight
    • 35. Three Stages of Labor
      • Effacement/dilation of the cervix:
        • Uterine contractions thin the cervix and enlarge the cervical opening
        • Cervix opens to 10 cm during this stage
      • Delivery of the fetus:
        • Uterine contractions are aided by mother’s voluntary contractions of abdominal muscles
        • Fetus moves through the birth canal
      • Delivery of the placenta:
        • Placenta detaches from uterine wall
    • 36. Stages of Labor and Childbirth
    • 37. Cesarean Deliveries (C-section)
      • Fetus is removed from the uterus through the abdominal wall
      • Possibly due to one or more of the following factors:
        • Fetus is improperly positioned
        • Mother’s pelvis is too small
        • Fetus is especially large
        • Fetus shows signs of distress
        • Umbilical cord is compressed
        • Placenta is being delivered before the fetus
        • Mother’s health is at risk
    • 38. Causes of Infertility
      • Low sperm count
      • Poor sperm motility
      • Sperm abnormalities
      • Lack of ovulation
      • Obstruction of fallopian tubes
    • 39. Enhancing Fertility
      • Cold packs on the scrotum (men)
      • Boxer shorts vs. briefs (men)
      • Increase intercourse frequency
    • 40. Treatments for Infertility
      • Artificial insemination
      • Surgical procedures
      • Fertility drugs
      • Assisted reproductive technology
        • In vitro fertilization
        • Gamete intrafallopian transfer
        • Zygote intrafallopian transfer
        • Intracytoplasmic sperm injection
    • 41. Options for Infertile Couples
      • Surrogate parenting
      • Adoption
      • Foster parenting
    • 42. Cloning Techniques
      • Procedures involve the following:
        • Surgical removal of an egg from female donor
        • Nucleus of the egg is removed
        • Cell is taken from a cloning subject (male/female)
        • Through an electrical jolt, the cell is fused with the enucleated egg , creating a clonal zygote
        • Embryo is implanted in the womb of a surrogate mother
        • After nine months, a genetically matched reproduction is born
    • 43. Cloning
      • Reproductive cloning
        • Not yet accomplished
        • Banned in selected countries and states
      • Therapeutic cloning
        • Can be used to create stem cells
    • 44. Chapter Thirteen: Managing Your Fertility