Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Well Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Advertisement Supported by ByJen Gunter Oct. 18, 2018 Why do many gynecologists require a pap smear be done in order to prescribe or renew prescriptions for hormonal birth control? - asked by Tiffany Hamilton from Houston, Tex. THE BOTTOM LINE They shouldn’t. It is not recommended that cervical cancer screening and contraception be linked. TELL ME MORE Back in the day the teaching was to make women come in for Pap smears in order to get their birth control pills. This was hopelessly patriarchal. While I don’t know for sure, I’m guessing some doctors had the idea that women couldn’t be trusted to look after their own reproductive health so they needed a carrot (the pill) to help them care for their cervix. Insert angry emoji. I suspect some doctors also linked cervical cancer screening and contraception … [Read more...] about Do You Need a Pap Smear to Get Birth Control?
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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.
A Kentucky program trains Eastern Kentucky women to advocate for reproductive health. Photo by Hero Images/Getty Images A group in Eastern Kentucky called All Access EKY is hiring young women between 17 and 22 create media campaigns for reproductive health, with a focus on increasing access to a full spectrum of birth-control options in the region, Ivy Brashear reports for Yes! Magazine, in a story titled "Where Birth Control is Scarce, Young Women Create Sex Education Outside the Classroom." Brashear says barriers to getting birth control in Eastern Kentucky are "profound" and extend way beyond the ordinary obstacles of cost and access to care, to things like having access to reliable transportation (there is no public transportation), knowing if the employees at the clinic go to the same church as your parents, or simply finding a doctor who is willing to prescribe it. "This is all assuming she knows anything about her birth-control options in the first place," Brashear … [Read more...] about In a region and state with many teen births, E. Ky. program helps young women find ways to teach sex-ed outside classroom
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times: Oh, did that just describe your experiences on hormonal birth control? About 60 percent of women in the U.S. take hormonal birth control, per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While birth control side effects are mostly awesome (less cramps! no unwanted pregnancies!), they can admittedly also be sucky (ahem, blood clots). Advertisement - Continue Reading Below FWIW: Hormonal birth control comes in two forms: combination (certain types of pills, the vaginal ring, and the transdermal patch), which includes both estrogen and progestin, and progestin-only (IUDs, shots, implants, and the mini-pill). But both types of hormonal birth control come with pretty similar side effects—good, bad, and ugly. These are the most common birth control side effects you should know about:1. Your acne magically clears up.“Some people have hormonal acne, so a regular cycle and a steadier dose of hormones can help,” says … [Read more...] about 9 Side Effects Of Hormonal Birth Control Every Woman Should Know
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Monday said it would review safety data for third- and fourth-generation birth control pills, responding to French concern that these contraceptives may cause dangerous blood clots. The agency, describing oral contraceptives as carrying only "a very rare risk" of clots, said a watchdog panel would assess whether European guidelines for using later versions of the Pill should be changed. On January 11, France announced it would ask the EMA to modify prescription recommendations for the third- and fourth-generation pills. It pointed to evidence that their use led to higher risk of blood clots compared with older versions of the Pill, although the risk in absolute terms is small. France wants guidelines changed so that doctors no longer prescribe later-generation pills as a first option. EMA said its Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) would be carrying out the review, the first time a member-state has asked for such an … [Read more...] about France calls in EU to review contraceptive pills