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Choosing the right birth control for you

Tuesday, June 19th, 2018

Planning your pregnancy helps you be in control of having a baby when you’re ready. But until you’re ready to start your family, birth control can help keep you from getting pregnant. There are different types of birth control. Talk to your health care provider to help you choose the right birth control method for you.

Your provider can help you understand how different methods work, how well they prevent pregnancy and if they have side effects. Other things to think about when choosing birth control include how it may affect your health, your need to prevent sexually transmitted infections (also called STIs) and when you want to have a baby.

Here are some birth control options:

Intrauterine devices (also called IUDs). An IUD is a small, plastic T-shaped device that your provider puts in your uterus. IUDs are one of the most effective types of birth control. There are two types: hormonal and copper. Hormonal IUDs contain progestin, which is a form of the hormone progesterone. Hormonal IUDs can prevent pregnancy for 3 to 5 years, depending on what brand you choose. Copper IUDs don’t contain progestin. The copper on the IUD prevents pregnancy because it makes it hard for a sperm and egg to meet. Copper IUDs can prevent pregnancy for up to 10 years.

Implants. An implant is a tiny rod that your provider inserts in your arm. The implant releases progestin to help prevent pregnancy. The rod is about the size of a matchstick. It’s hard to notice once it’s inserted in your arm. Implants can prevent pregnancy for about 3 years.

The pill (also called oral contraceptive). You take one birth control pill every day. Some pills have progestin only, and some have a combination of progestin and estrogen (called combined pills). If you’re older than 35, smoke or have blood clots, you may not be able to take combined pills because you may be at risk for heart disease and thrombophilias.

Condoms. Male and female condoms help prevent pregnancy by keeping your partner’s sperm from getting into your body. They also help protect you from STIs. Condoms are one of the most popular types of birth control. Most male condoms are made of latex (rubber), but some are made of lambskin and other non-latex kinds of plastic. Condoms made of lambskin may not prevent STIs. A female condom (also called an internal condom) is made of plastic or rubber and goes inside your vagina.

Abstinence. To abstain from sex means you are making a choice not to have sex. This method is the only one that is 100 percent effective at preventing pregnancy. It also can prevent STIs if you avoid all types of sexual activities.

Birth control, counseling and follow-up care is a preventive service covered by most health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act, at no extra cost to you. Learn more about recommended preventive services that are covered under the Affordable Care Act at Care Women Deserve.

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Fertility pills increase chances of twins and more

Friday, January 15th, 2010

twinsMost of us know the story of Nadya Suleman. She’s the woman in California who had high-tech fertility treatments and wound up having eight babies.

Such sophisticated treatments increase the chances of multiple pregnancy (twins, triplets or more). They also can lead to health problems for mom and babies.

Did you know that fertility pills also increase the risk of mutiples?

If a woman is having trouble getting pregnant, doctors often begin fertility treatment by giving her a prescription for pills. These pills help her body release eggs (ovulate). Some of the names of these types of pills are Clomid, Serophene and clomiphene.

These pills are used much more commonly than high-tech fertility procedures. They probably play a major role in the serious problem of premature birth in the United States. Multiple pregnancy can be riskier for a woman and her babies than a pregnancy with only one baby.

If you are thinking about fertility treatment or are already taking the pills, talk to your doctor to learn more about their risks and benefits.

Recall: Vicks Dayquil Cold & Flu Liquicaps

Monday, December 21st, 2009

dayquil-24Procter & Gamble has recalled about 700,000 packages of Vicks Dayquil Cold & Flu Liquicaps (24 count) because the packaging is not child-resistant. The capsules contain acetaminophen and could cause serious health problems, including death, in children.

The capsules were sold at drug stores, grocery stores and other retailers between September 2008 and December 2009.

To read more, see the news release from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Concerns about the painkiller Darvon: Risk of overdose, death

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is taking several steps to reduce the risk of overdose from Darvon (also called Darvocet and propoxyphene). Darvon is usually prescribed for pain. Every year, some people die when they take too much of this medication.

As a result of the FDA decision, label warnings will be strengthened, and new research will be done.

If you need a painkiller, talk to your health care provider about the choices available to you, including aspirin, ibuprofen, oxycodone and codeine. For all medications, take only the recommended amount and no more. If you are pregnant, don’t take any painkillers without first talking to your health care provider.

New study on anti-nausea pill

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

pill-bottlesRight now, no drugs are approved in the United States to treat nausea in pregnancy. A new large study conducted in Israel might lead to a change in that policy.

In many countries, pregnant women receive the drug metoclopramide for “morning sickness,” usually in the first trimester. In the U.S., health providers worry about giving any medication to a pregnant woman because it might be risky for her fetus and even lead to birth defects. The risk is often greatest in the first trimester.

The new study looked at 3,500 babies whose moms had taken metroclopramide. These babies were no more likely to have birth defects than babies born to women who didn’t take the drug.

This study is just the first step. More research will need to be done, and expert panels in the U.S. and other countries will need to look at all the data. This could take many years.

For now, women in the U.S. should not take any drug for nausea dring pregnancy, unless their health care provider says it’s OK.

For more info about nausea in pregnancy and what you can do to get relief, read the March of Dimes article.

Faking it: Drugs on the Internet

Monday, March 9th, 2009

capsules2I lived in New York City for many years. I always got a kick out of those guys on the sidewalk selling “real” Omega watches and “real” Prada bags. Sure! An Omega watch for $19.99.

What’s the latest phony product? Drugs over the Internet. About 6 out of 10 prescription drugs sold over the Web are fakes.

This estimate comes from the agency in Great Britain that’s like our Food and Drug Administration. It’s called MHRA (Medicine and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency).

Not only are many of the drugs fake, they may also contain harmful ingredients. Here’s some of the weird stuff found in these drugs:
  * Shoe polish
  * Floor polish
  * Chalk
  * Cement powder
  * Arsenic
  * The paint used for stripes on the road

This scares me! And I don’t think I’m alone.

The best way to avoid counterfeit drugs is to use a reputable pharmacy and a real prescription. If you want to try an online pharmacy, ask your health care provider for a recommendation. And be sure its licensed in the country where you live. 

Has anybody ordered prescriptions over the Web? What was your experience?