OPINION 12/05/2018 08:04 am ET Doyin RichardsColumnist On today’s episode of “Things We Do To Make Dudes’ Lives Unnecessarily Easier,” a clinical trial recently started for a new male birth control gel. All a guy has to do is apply the gel to his arms and shoulders daily for a few months and his sperm count will, in theory, drop to such low levels that producing babies won’t be a concern. I have thoughts. First off, I’m all for men getting involved in the birth control process. Quite frankly, we don’t rise to the occasion often enough (dad joke completely intended). Guys have been taking a back seat for too long when it comes to contraception ― most expect and assume women will “take care of” that kind of thing, which is wrong on a whole lot of levels. Women are out here getting tubal ligations, allowing contraceptive devices to be inserted into their bodies, undergoing abortions when necessary, and taking … [Read more...] about The Barrier To Male Hormonal Birth Control Isn’t Science, It’s Men
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OPINION 10/31/2018 05:45 am ET Doyin RichardsColumnist This is part of a regular parenting column from author, speaker and dad Doyin Richards in which he tackles some of the toughest questions today’s parents face. Have a topic you’d like him to take on? Email [email protected] ― My 4-year-old son, who is white, recently started describing some of his friends by their skin color. For example, yesterday he said he played on the swings with “his black friend Andre” at preschool. Shouldn’t he just say that he’s playing with his friend Andre? How do I start this discussion with him? ― Dee from Atlanta This may surprise you, but I have no problem with your son’s labels whatsoever. As a matter of fact, I’ll go as far as to say that your son is on the road to enlightenment (or he’s becoming woke, as the kids say nowadays). Some white parents get shook when race is brought up and try to change … [Read more...] about Ask A Dad: Should I Teach My Son To Be Colorblind To Race?
WELLNESS 08/13/2018 05:46 am ET Educate yourself on the side effects now, and know what to expect later. Jenna Birch On Assignment For HuffPost From the pill to the patch, the IUD to the implant, there are tons of different birth control options to choose from. And while that’s great, it also can be incredibly overwhelming. There are side effects, frequency of use, hormone amounts, your lifestyle and numerous other factors you need to consider. Some have estrogen and progesterone, others no hormones at all, but all of them will carry a risk of side effects ― or, as Jennifer Villavicencio, a gynecologist at Michigan Medicine’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, “intended effects” and “other effects.” Some of these side effects might be positive changes, or one of the reasons you’re prescribed that type of BC in the first place. “For instance, a pill that leads to a decrease in bleeding might be an … [Read more...] about Can’t Decide On A Birth Control Method? This Should Help
HUFFPOST PERSONAL 05/18/2018 11:13 am ET Gena SteffensGuest Writer I’m 27 years old, and like a lot of women, I was put on birth control pills shortly after starting my period. If you had asked me at any point in the past, I would have told you I had never experienced an adverse side effect from my birth control. On the contrary, I loved and appreciated it for giving me reproductive autonomy while improving my acne-prone skin and taking the guesswork out of dealing with Aunt Flo. My decision to quit the pill five months ago was about 65 percent a result of forgetting to go to the pharmacy and 35 percent curiosity to see if my body was capable of remembering how to menstruate on its own. As it turns out, after spending half my life on birth control, going off it has been nothing short of a revelation ― one that has made me question why I spent half my life trying to convince myself that the mild mental and physical symptoms I experienced over the … [Read more...] about Going Off Birth Control Cured My Depression And Gave Me Back My Sex Drive
A major new study has found that even birth control pills and other contraceptives that release low doses of hormones increase the risk of breast cancer in women.While the link between hormonal birth control and breast cancer has been known for years, many doctors and women had hoped that newer forms of birth control, such as IUDs, vaginal rings and implants, put women at less risk.The study by researchers from the University of Copenhagen, which followed 1.8 million Danish women for more than a decade, found that differences in the formulation of hormone-based birth control had little effect on the cancer risk. The study also found that the risk of cancer increased the longer a woman used the birth control.Overall, the breast cancer risk was 20 percent higher for women who were currently using or had recently used hormonal contraceptives than among those who had never used it. The estrogen used in hormonal contraceptives can promote the development of breast cancer.“As compared … [Read more...] about Even newer forms of birth control can increase the risk of breast cancer, study says