Category Archives: contraception

Plan B “morning after pill” soon available over the counter

There has been significant legal turmoil over the handling of Plan B.  And, most recently the Justice Department and President Obama have decided to allow this contraceptive to be purchased at the pharmacy without a prescription. Plan B is a medication … Continue reading

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The “Pill” may lower cancer rates…

Researchers pooled information from 24 studies and found that oral contraceptive users had a 27% lower risk of ovarian cancer.  The longer the use of the Pill, the more protection noted.  (If the Pill was taken for 10 years or … Continue reading

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What side effects to expect from your hormonal contraception?

Hormonal contraceptives are medicines (with hormones in it)that decrease your risk of getting pregnant.  This can be in the many forms: a pill, a patch, a ring inside the vagina, implants under the skin, or an intrauterine device. Most women … Continue reading

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IUDs

I was asked by a patient recently to discuss IUDs.  There are two kinds of intrauterine devices on the market.  One is hormonal, one is not. The hormonal IUD, a progesterone-secreting device, is called the Mirena.  It works for 5 years.  One … Continue reading

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Packaging Error Leads to Recall of Multiple Lots of Oral Contraceptives

A recent packaging error may make your contraceptive choice unsafe.  Please read the article to assure that your oral contraceptives are not among the recalled.  Read on. . . . Packaging Error Leads to Recall of Multiple Lots of Oral … Continue reading

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New mothers choose “tied tubes” over IUDs: study – chicagotribune.com

Are you pregnant?  or done having children? This is a timely and thoughtful article.  It compares “tube tying” to intrauterine devices.  Read on…  New mothers choose “tied tubes” over IUDs: study – chicagotribune.com.

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Interesting political/medical turn of events.

Birth control pills and breast pumps without copays?  New rules start January 1, 2013.  Read on. . . Insurers must cover birth control with no copays – Yahoo! News.

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