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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By DR. REBEKAH GEE | Secretary, Louisiana Department of Health Breast cancer first touched my life at the age of 12, when my mother was diagnosed. Initially, her prospects looked promising, and treatment led to remission, buying us additional precious time together. But three short years later, it re-emerged, and she passed away at the age of 46. Her bravery, strength and grace through breast cancer left an indelible mark upon my life. She was my inspiration to study medicine, in particular women’s health. As a practicing obstetrician and gynecologist, my passion for my patients is infused with the memory of my mother and her struggle with breast cancer. She is a constant presence in my mind every October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I don’t want to see anyone else lose a loved one to a disease that has become curable. Take the time to learn about the signs, symptoms and risk factors, and make preventive care a priority. Signs and symptoms Every person is … [Read more...] about Take Care of Yourself: Don’t Skip That Mammogram
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?
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
By Isabel Teotonio Life Reporter Mon., March 26, 2018 When Shelley Wigham suffered a heart attack last summer, she was prescribed various cardiac medications. But the 64-year-old widow never took them. She doesn’t have a drug plan, was already paying $125 a month for meds to treat depression and high blood pressure, and, despite juggling two jobs, couldn’t afford to tack $300 onto her already pricey pharmacy bill. “I was a mess,” recalls Wigham, who did not tell anyone money was tight. “I was embarrassed. It’s a dirty little secret. Nobody wants to admit they can’t afford their drugs.” She hoped the heart attack was a one-off. It wasn’t. Share Your Thoughts! Article Continued Below Last month, Wigham had another heart attack. At the hospital, she told doctors she had not taken the meds because she couldn’t afford them. Three days later, she was discharged with a prescription for the same … [Read more...] about Doctors have no idea how much drugs cost — a Toronto physician wants to change that