Only 8 to 12 percent of U.S. couples choose vasectomy for long-term birth control. One reason may be old fears about this simple procedure increasing risks of prostate cancer. A 2017 study should end that debate.
For women who are hoping to avoid becoming pregnant, long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARC) have been around for decades. Recently, many states have begun mandating that doctors offer LARC at the hospital after a woman has given birth.
Toxic shock syndrome has declined significantly since the 1980s. It’s rare, but it is still a risk, especially for tampon users. Here’s what you should know.
Younger adults don’t often worry about their risk of stroke. But stroke can happen at any age and some research finds an increase in strokes in younger people.
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The oral contraceptive pill has long been the most popular birth control option among women of child-bearing years. For most women, it is safe and effective, but for some, it increases the risk of dangerous blood clots. Learn about the risk factors.
For years, women have used either tampons or pads to collect blood and protect clothing during their periods. But a menstrual cup provides women with an alternative to these traditional methods. Some are long-lasting and reusable, while others are disposable. Menstrual cup basics and advantages Aren’t sure what a menstrual cup is? It’s a flexible … Read More
Periods are a part of life for women, but many women would like to be able to control when they happen. Others may have a history of difficult periods and just want to do without the stress. Taking birth control pills continuously represents a common and safe method for managing menstrual disturbances and other associated … Read More
Heavier women who take the morning-after pill up to 72 hours after unprotected sex to reduce their chance of pregnancy may need to consider other emergency birth control options, such as an IUD. The European manufacturer of the drug NorLevo® — chemically identical to what’s sold in the U.S. as Plan B — said that … Read More
Patients often have questions whether they are able to, and whether it is safe to skip their period by continually taking hormonal birth control. Colleen Raymond, MD, OB/GYN at Cleveland Clinic, answers this and provides insight about the effects of taking hormonal birth control pills without stopping the hormones (i.e. skipping over the placebo pills). … Read More
Remembering to take a birth control pill every day can be difficult. For some women, hormonal birth control injections, such as Depo-Provera™, are a good option. These involve one injection every three months. However, they aren’t for everyone. Colleen Raymond, MD, OB/GYN, digs deeper into this form of contraceptive, outlining the pros and cons that … Read More