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Are birth plans necessary?

Are birth plans necessary?

No: Most women do not create a birth plan. Millions of women have given birth successfully since the beginning of humanity without having a birth plan. For some creating a birth plan provides comfort and sense of control over what can be a scary time. Do not feel pressured to create one if you do not want to. ...Read more

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Are there any exams needed to get birth control implant?

Are there any exams needed to get birth control implant?

None needed: The birth control implant (Implanon/Nexplanon) is extremely safe because it only releases the progestin, Etonogestrel. There is no estrogen and so the risk of clots is MUCH lower than any combined method. Failure rate is 0.05% in a year, which is almost better than getting your tubes tied. It is effective within a week of insertion and won't be affected by ANY antibiotics (except rifampin). ...Read more

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Are there any birth control options that help prevent uterine fibroids? What features make them effective?

Are there any birth control options that help prevent uterine fibroids?  What features make them effective?

None: There are no birth control options that prevent fibroids. Most can help the bleeding symptoms associated with fibroids. ...Read more

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Are all employers are required to offer cobra coverage?

Are all employers are required to offer cobra coverage?

No, but insurers are: The consolidated omnibus budget reconciliation act of 1985 (cobra) requires insurers to offer continued coverage after leaving employment. Some employers will offer to subsidize this coverage as part of an exit package, but usually individuals must pay the full unsubsidized premium. 41 states have additional laws requiring employers to maintain coverage following certain qualifying events. ...Read more

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Will planned parenthood provide the kind of birth control i need?

Yes: Every person is different. You can go to : http://www.Plannedparenthood.Org/all-access/my-method-26542.Htm to find the best method for you. ...Read more

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What kind of birth control do they offer at planned parenthood? Shots, pills?

What kind of birth control do they offer at planned parenthood? Shots, pills?

Yes: I do not work for planned parenthood; asking them directly would be more effective than here, but I have seen patients who got shots, pills, and iuds from pp. ...Read more

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What are some good birth control methods that don't cause weight gain?

What are some good birth control methods that don't cause weight gain?

Misinformation: Hi josolomoh, there is a commonly thought misconception that contraceptive pills and other birth control methods cause weight gain. Objective studies looking at this issue indicate that the weight gain occurs with or without birth control. Each birth control method available has advantages and disadvantages. All are effective but not perfect at preventing conception if directions are followed. ...Read more

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Isnt natural family planning just another method of birth control for those who say they are "against" birth control?

Depends who u ask: The answer has more to do with your religious and political beliefs than science or medicine. Technically, not having sex until you are married is a form of birth control, yet some people are against premarital sex and birth control. Go figure. ...Read more

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What birth control options are safe and effective for women?

What birth control options are safe and effective for women?

Birth control safety: All have a degree of risk, but the ones considered most safe and effective are usually long term types with progesterone, like IUDs and Nexplanon. IUDs come with 3, 5, and 10 years of prevention and are 99.9% effective. The 10 year IUD has no hormone. The Nexplanon device has progesterone and lasts 3 years. Least effective--barrier (condoms), pills. Talk to your doctor about what is best for you. ...Read more

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Why are 12 step programs opposed to any medications?

Why are 12 step programs opposed to any medications?

Not true.: 12 step programs have a tradition of not having any opinions on outside issues. Medications are considered an outside issue. Individual members of any 12 step program may be opposed to medications; their opinions do not reflect the position of the whole program. Take what fits and leave the rest. ...Read more

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Are ultrasounds with planned parenthood recommended?

Are ultrasounds with planned parenthood recommended?

Why Not?: Planned parenthood provides comprehensive women's services. They are probably just as able to do an office sono as any other gyn practice. Of course, as a radiologist i think we do them better! but i'm prejudiced! :-). ...Read more

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Are there any benefits to taking low estrogen birth control pills as suppose to regular ones?

Are there any benefits to taking low estrogen birth control pills as suppose to regular ones?

Side effects: The higher the estrogen the higher the riskd of blood clots, migranes, varicose veins, and breast pains. ...Read more

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What are my options for birth control? I started to take birth control pills, but they made me sick. What other forms of long-term contraceptions are available for women?

What are my options for birth control? I started to take birth control pills, but they made me sick. What other forms of long-term contraceptions are available for women?

IUDs and implants: You should consider long-acting reversible contraceptives (larc)--2 types of iuds and a small rod placed under the skin. All very effective (the most effective methods--as effective as sterilization), and last 5 or 10 years (iuds) or 3 years (implant). Low rates of side effects, and the hormone iud has low levels of hormones and benefits of lighter periods. ...Read more

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Are there any free nutrition plans or programs you recommend?

Are there any free nutrition plans or programs you recommend?

Free programs: I would recommend trying myfitnesspal or lose it, have tried both apps and my favorite is myfitness pal. It is very easy to use, tracks progress, can link with your friends and many useful devices like fitbits and nike wristbands. ...Read more

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Are there programs for free or subsidized birth control?

Are there programs for free or subsidized birth control?

Yes: Walmart and most pharmacies offer a list of very low cost birth control pills some for as low as $12 for a 3 month supply. Most cities have public health clinics which do also. Your doctor should be able to give you a list of options. ...Read more

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