Tired of Tampons? Here Are Pros and Cons of Menstrual Cups

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

7 Benefits of Skipping Periods With Birth Control

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

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Morning-After Pill: Your Weight Plays a Role

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

Skip Periods With Birth Control (Video)

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

Birth Control Injections: Pros and Cons (Video)

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

IUDs and Implants: Safe Options for Young Women

For decades, condoms, pills, patches and other short-acting contraception have been the birth control of choice for sexually active teens. But recently, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) issued new guidelines approving other — possibly more effective — options. For the first time, ACOG stated that implants and intrauterine devices (IUDs) are safe … Read More

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What’s It Like to Get an IUD?

First of all, congratulations for choosing the birth control method with the lowest failure rate! And if you are having an IUD placed for period-control reasons, good for you, too. I think you’re going to love it. Getting started When I place an IUD for one of my patients, it usually takes less than five … Read More