A comprehensive examination of birth control techniques presented in an accessible question-and-answer format. Each chapter focuses on one kind of control--pills, IUD's, diaphragms/spermicides/condoms, coitus interruptus and rhythm--and answers the most commonly asked questions, dispelling misapprehensions in a reassuring, informative manner and suggesting the most appropriate method for a variety of circumstances. Dr. Shapiro observes that women sensitive to touching their genitals should not rely on diaphragms, explains why those with circulatory disorders should avoid pills and why those with sickle cell trait must be especially cautious, and discusses why the method favored at age thirty may be contraindicated twenty years later. He notes which research studies have proved inconclusive, which have verified dangers to some or all women. And in assessing the merits of particular pills or IUDs he mentions brand names and the responses associated with them. A practising gynecologist who has served as NOW Medical Advisor and Yale Hospital attending physician, Dr. Shapiro extends his inquiry to related issues: morning-after measures, abortion, vasectomy, tubal ligation, hysterectomy, and possible future techniques. Concise, thorough, and suitable for all reading levels.