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One more form of birth control “bites the dust.”

One more form of birth control “bites the dust.”  Which one?  What was its history? Why? The Bayer company is taking Essure off the market.  Essure was marketed as a nonsurgical alternative to “tying tubes.”  Instead of a surgical tubal … Continue reading

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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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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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Teens birthing babies tumbles to a record low.

This is something to celebrate!  As a mother, I know that once you have a child your life (and your life’s pathway) are forever altered.  And, you are forever tied to their father (hi, honey!).   My teen patients and I … Continue reading

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Does taking hormones make you feel “hormonal?”

Imagine that taking hormones is like a cavemen getting clubbed over the head. . . . the hormones have to take over the body’s hormone system.  Here are some side effects to expect. . .and a hint of how long to … Continue reading

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Reasons to be taking hormonal contraception. . . .other than contraception.

I had a patient today who has menstrual migraines. . . and has had her tubes tied. We discussed starting her on hormonal contraception for noncontraceptives reasons. I reviewed the ACOG (American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology) 2010 bulletin on noncontraceptive … Continue reading

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