WELLNESS 08/13/2018 05:46 am ET Educate yourself on the side effects now, and know what to expect later. Jenna Birch On Assignment For HuffPost From the pill to the patch, the IUD to the implant, there are tons of different birth control options to choose from. And while that’s great, it also can be incredibly overwhelming. There are side effects, frequency of use, hormone amounts, your lifestyle and numerous other factors you need to consider. Some have estrogen and progesterone, others no hormones at all, but all of them will carry a risk of side effects ― or, as Jennifer Villavicencio, a gynecologist at Michigan Medicine’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, “intended effects” and “other effects.” Some of these side effects might be positive changes, or one of the reasons you’re prescribed that type of BC in the first place. “For instance, a pill that leads to a decrease in bleeding might be an … [Read more...] about Can’t Decide On A Birth Control Method? This Should Help
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WELLNESS 07/18/2018 12:38 pm ET You've got options. Nicole Pajer On Assignment For HuffPost Packing can be a daunting process, and forgetting something is a typical occurrence with any trip. If you leave your toothbrush at home, you can ask the hotel concierge for a backup or pop over to a local market to pick one up. But what if you jet off to paradise leaving your birth control pills on your nightstand? Obviously, keeping consistent with your birth control is vital to its effectiveness and preventing unintended pregnancy. So, we talked to some experts to get their take on what to do if you accidentally vacation without your contraception. Here’s what you should know and your plan of action: Attempt To Get A Replacement ASAP “The biggest issue with missing one to two weeks of your birth control is the risk of an unintended pregnancy,” said Dr. Kathleen Borchardt, an obstetrician and gynecologist at Houston Methodist Obstetrics and Gynecology … [Read more...] about What To Do If You Forget Your Birth Control Pills On Vacation
Tens of thousands of women say they suffered painful and serious side-effects from Essure, a medical device meant as a permanent birth control option. The device is the subject of nearly 27,000 complaints to the FDA since its approval in 2002. Women reported excessive pain, severe allergic reactions and, in some cases, perforated organs. Essure is FDA approved, but the agency recently restricted sales of the device to physicians who provide their patients with a checklist outlining the risks, reports CBS News correspondent Anna Werner. The FDA also gave the device a mandatory black box warning in 2016. Bayer, the device's manufacturer, admits there is no way to know who might develop problems. Women who have had problems told us the experience affected every aspect of their lives. "The whole process was a very, very, very dark time for me," Amanda Rusmisell said. Even now, Rusmisell feels the pain from the choice she made 10 years ago. It started after Rusmisell and her husband … [Read more...] about Thousands of women say Essure birth control caused intense pain
The birth control pill is surrounded by misinformation. Get the facts on common concerns and questions about taking the pill. If you take the birth control pill (oral contraceptive), you’re probably happy with its convenience and reliability. Still, you may have questions about how birth control pills could affect your health, the benefits and risks of birth control pills, and newer options available. Q: Can I use birth control pills to delay or stop my period? A: Yes, you can. Birth control pills were once only packaged as 21 days of active hormone pills and seven days of placebo pills. While taking placebo pills, menstrual period-like bleeding occurs. Today women have many more options — from regimens with 24 days of active pills and four days of placebo pills to regimens that are all active pills. Some extended-cycle pill regimens have active hormone pills every day for three months, followed by a week of placebo or low-dose estrogen pills. You experience menstrual … [Read more...] about What you need to know about birth control pills
(Family Features) As the future of contraception remains uncertain, one point bears reminding: access to birth control has come a long way.It was not until 1960 that the first oral contraceptives – coined “birth control pills” or “the Pill” –were approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and hit the market.¹ Now, more than 50 years later, over 35 varieties of the Pill exist on the market.² Additional options have also been introduced: intrauterine devices (IUDs), vaginal rings, implants and more. Even with the availability of various birth control methods, the Pill remains the most popular form of contraception, used by over 10 million women of reproductive age in the U.S. annually.³“When my patients express interest in prescription birth control for pregnancy prevention, while individual needs vary, I generally recommend they first try the Pill. If used appropriately, it can be an effective option for … [Read more...] about How Well Do You Know Your Birth Control?