Get the Better newsletter. SUBSCRIBE Long before apps, there was the rhythm method. With the rhythm method, a woman tracks her menstrual cycles on a calendar to pinpoint when she is ovulating and most likely to conceive — and so avoids sex on those days. This type of natural family planning is far from foolproof, with as many as 24 in 100 women who practice it as birth control getting pregnant in the first year. Over the years a number of apps (Kindara, Period Tracker and Ovia, among dozens of others) have popped up to help women better understand their fertility cycles. These apps simplify data-logging, help women “learn” their cycles and typically factor in other information like body temperature or the consistency of cervical fluid, both of which can indicate ovulation or the time you're most likely to become pregnant. Most of the apps are promoted as pregnancy planning tools and that's how many women use them. OB-GYNs such as Dr. Jamil Abdur-Rahman, clinical … [Read more...] about FDA approved a ‘birth control’ app. Here’s what OB-GYNs want you to know.
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OPINION 06/30/2018 08:00 am ET Jacqueline WolfGuest Writer Few first ladies past or present have been more influential in fashion, home furnishing, art and publishing than Jackie Kennedy. But her most enduring cultural legacy is something she’s not well known for: the normalization ― and arguably the over normalization ― of the cesarean section. Today, cesarean sections are the most commonly performed surgery in the United States; about one in three births occur via C-section. Most of us would be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t know a woman who’s given birth this way. This wasn’t always the case. Physicians largely avoided cesareans for many decades, as they were more life-threatening than any condition that might prompt such an operation in an era when doctors had no way of effectively treating potential infection or hemorrhage. Cesarean surgeries increased slightly after WWII with the advent of antibiotics and blood … [Read more...] about How Jackie Kennedy Normalized Cesarean Section Births
A patient is treated at Ngoc Lac General Hospital in the central province of Thanh Hoa (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) - Hospital infection control is a major concern for health care providers and patients all over the world. Preventing such infections is a critical aspect of improving hospital safety, heard a recent conference in Hanoi. Addressing a conference on strengthening infection control in healthcare facilities, Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Viet Tien said hospital infections are an especially significant burden for patients in under-developed and developing countries. Hospital infections contribute to an increase in fatalities, treatment time, usage of antibiotics and cost of treatment. Statistics from the World Health Organisation (WHO) revealed that the rate of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) ranges between 3.5 percent and 12 percent in developed countries. For European countries, the rate is 7.1 percent on average, causing about 7 billion EUR (8.6 billion USD) in … [Read more...] about VN hospitals fall short of infection control targets
(Natural News) Women of all ages use contraceptives daily, but a recent report from the Daily Mail has revealed that a 19-year-old girl was rushed to the hospital after using the pill for only six months.According to the report, a student named Eleanor Waring “developed pneumonia and potentially fatal blood clots [in] her lungs,” and she developed back and chest pains before Christmas. The pain left her too weak to walk. For more than seven days Waring received treatment for “suspected urine and chest infections” until she was diagnosed with pneumonia and blood clots in her lungs. (Related: Young woman died from blood clot linked to contraceptive, investigation reveals.)Previous studies posit that the combined contraceptive pill can triple the risk of blood clots since it contains estrogen, the female hormone that can increase the risk of blood clots.Eleanor, a criminology student at Northumbria University, in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, cautions other women … [Read more...] about Do YOU take the risks of contraceptives seriously? Birth control pill nearly killed a young woman after blood clots and pneumonia left her unable to breathe
(Natural News) The first trimester of pregnancy is a delicate time, and everything you expose your unborn child to could set the tone for their health and well-being throughout their entire lifetime. That’s why it pays to be especially vigilant about the toxins in your body as well as your environment when you’re expecting – particularly in the early months as your baby’s organs are developing.While many pregnant women are pretty conscientious about following their doctor’s advice, there is one time when you might want to proceed with caution, and that is when your health care provider prescribes you antibiotics.In a newly published study, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) warned pregnant women that antibiotics can harm developing babies after finding that doctors are prescribing the problematic drugs at higher rates than in the past.Many pregnant women experience urinary tract infections, particularly during the first trimester, and two of the … [Read more...] about Prescriptions during pregnancy are on the rise – and so are birth defects: CDC warns women to avoid antibiotics, even if their doctor says it’s safe