IUDs: Putting the Rumors About Intrauterine Devices to Rest

Like snake oil and fedoras, IUDs (intrauterine devices) have a bad rap. Back in the 1970s, an IUD called the Dalkon Shield became a popular birth control option. Unfortunately, the product’s poor design caused infections in many women. It was pulled from the market, and women were advised to have … [Read more...]

“I Forgot to Take My Birth Control. Now What?”

The success of birth control pills is largely based upon whether or not you remember to take them every day. But life happens, and you get busy. You may go several days and completely forget to take your little white pills. What happens then? Missing 1 or 2 Days of Birth Control If you miss one … [Read more...]

Post-Pill Syndrome: The Good, the Bad and the Unknown about Going off Birth Control Pills

Post-Pill Syndrome (also known as “Post-Birth Control Pill Syndrome” and “Post-Pill Amenorrhea”) is a common issue faced by women when they decide to stop taking birth control. Many, however, have not been educated on what happens to your body once you stop the pill. Birth control pills contain … [Read more...]

Is Tracking Your Period Important? Yes!

If your doctor asked you when you had your last period, would you be able to name the exact day your menstrual cycle started or would you have to track your brain for a good guess? In the busy days and weeks of life, tracking your period from month-to-month is easily forgotten, but it is very … [Read more...]

Have You Been Screened for STDs?

In case you didn't know, April is STD awareness month. While you may think that STDs don't apply to you, when it comes to your sexual health the old adage "better safe than sorry" applies, especially for women. Every year in the United States there are an estimated 20 million new cases of STDs, … [Read more...]

New, Inexpensive IUD Gains FDA Approval

In the past few years, Intrauterine Devices (IUDS) have grown increasingly popular with women because of their no-maintenance, long acting and reversible nature.  One downfall of IUDs, however, is that they can be prohibitively costly – from five hundred dollars to several thousand. That sticker … [Read more...]

4 Women’s Health Conditions Eased By Oral Contraceptives

When it comes to birth control, oral contraception (aka "the pill") is a widely used favorite among American women. But it's also a favorite of gynecologists everywhere for uses that have little to do with preventing pregnancy. Because the birth control pill replicates the hormones progestin and … [Read more...]

Top 5 Preventive Services for Women

Get a healthcare screening! Under the new healthcare legislation, women's preventive health care - such as mammograms, screenings for cervical cancer, prenatal care, and other services - is covered with no out-of-pocket expense. While the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare as some refer … [Read more...]

A New(ish) Permanent Birth Control for Women: Essure

Finding a permanent form of birth control can be a whole new challenge. Women seeking permanent birth control so that they can’t have more children—or any in the first place—have had limited options that included the tubal ligation for women and the vasectomy for men. But for those of us who are … [Read more...]

U.S. Court Lifts Age Restriction for Emergency Contraceptives

Earlier this month, a U.S. District Court issued a ruling that essentially removes age restrictions for the Plan B One-Step emergency contraception (EC) product. In its ruling, the court ordered the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Food and Drug Administration to issue regulations … [Read more...]