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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Preventing pregnancy isn't the only reason you might be on the pill—but it's a biggie. And when you're on it, you kind of expect not to get pregnant.But uh, just in case you weren't aware: Oral contraceptives aren't 100 percent effective against pregnancy. In fact, about five to nine out of 100 women will get pregnant on the Pill, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Kind of a kick to the gut, huh? Don't start freaking out just yet—while, yes, you can still get pregnant when you're on the Pill, it's still pretty unlikely; here's what you need to know, just in case. I'm confused: How can you get pregnant on the Pill?It all comes down to how stringent you are about taking the Pill—"perfect use" versus "typical use."Perfect use, for example, is taking the Pill every day at roughly same time, without fail. That's obviously your best bet for staying pregnancy-free—when it's used perfectly, the Pill is … [Read more...] about Wait, Can You Still Get Pregnant On The Pill?
WELLNESS 07/18/2018 12:38 pm ET You've got options. Nicole Pajer On Assignment For HuffPost Packing can be a daunting process, and forgetting something is a typical occurrence with any trip. If you leave your toothbrush at home, you can ask the hotel concierge for a backup or pop over to a local market to pick one up. But what if you jet off to paradise leaving your birth control pills on your nightstand? Obviously, keeping consistent with your birth control is vital to its effectiveness and preventing unintended pregnancy. So, we talked to some experts to get their take on what to do if you accidentally vacation without your contraception. Here’s what you should know and your plan of action: Attempt To Get A Replacement ASAP “The biggest issue with missing one to two weeks of your birth control is the risk of an unintended pregnancy,” said Dr. Kathleen Borchardt, an obstetrician and gynecologist at Houston Methodist Obstetrics and Gynecology … [Read more...] about What To Do If You Forget Your Birth Control Pills On Vacation
Many women suffer needlessly from endometriosis and fibroids, but advances in technology over the last decade, particularly in the use of robotic surgery for performing minimally invasive procedures, are helping women to end their pain and suffering. Board-certified gynecologist and minimally invasive gynecologic surgeon Dr. Farah Alvi performs robotic surgery at Northwest Community Healthcare in Arlington Heights. She educates her patients about treatment options available to end debilitating menstrual pain. Below, Alvi answers some of the most common questions female patients have about robotic surgery.Q: What is robotic surgery?A: Robotic surgery is an innovative, minimally invasive surgical technique that first became available in the field of gynecology in 2005. Building on the techniques of traditional laparoscopic minimally invasive surgery, the robotic surgical tools are inserted into the patient through ports, which are connected to robotic arms rather than held by the … [Read more...] about Robotic surgery advances provide relief from endometriosis and fibroids
Sections N News S Sports O Opinion R Religion A Arts & Living M Must Reads Video Photography P Podcasts S Sponsored Legal Notices Obituaries Jobs Homes Sections Monday, April 16, 2018 Sign In Subscribe Account Sign Out Sign In Subscribe Account Sign Out facebook twitter email facebook twitter email By Luke Ramseth · Published: April 2 Updated: April 03, 2018 Nearly 1 in 5 Utah women have experienced some form of physical violence involving an intimate partner, but few reached for help, a new statewide health survey has found. The newly released data from the Utah Department of Health, based on a 2016 poll of 10,000 men and women, also demonstrate in stark terms how domestic violence affects other areas of health and quality of life. “This is a call to action,” … [Read more...] about Addiction, poor health, missed work: New survey reveals a heavy toll as domestic violence affects 1 in 5 Utah women