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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Condoms: Be they male or female are the only reliable options in the United States. ...Read more
Are there any birth control options that help prevent uterine fibroids? What features make them effective?
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Isnt natural family planning just another form of birth control for people who want to say they are not using birth control for religious reasons?
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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