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.
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.
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
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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
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
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
The teen pregnancy rate in the United States has hit a historic low. According to the latest figures released by the National Center for Health Statistics, the number of teen pregnancies has been dropping since 1990. The rate dropped 40 percent between 1990 and 2008, dropping another 9 percent from 2009 to 2010 to reach … Read More
Do you ever get tired of being told to go along with the flow? I do! Just because many midlife perimenopausal women experience heavy menstrual flow, it does not mean you have to accept this. Importantly, you do not have to choose to have a hysterectomy to cure the problem either! In the past, it was said it was … Read More