Health Women can safely take the birth control pill without a seven-day break, according to fresh guidance that exposes how the rule was developed to appease the Vatican. Most users of the combined hormonal contraceptive pill are advised to take the drug for 21 days and stop for seven days before starting a new pack. This causes a woman to have a bleed, simulating a period. The transdermal patch and vaginal ring also fall into this category of birth control, but are less widely used. However, the bleed has no health benefit for the average woman, The Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare, an arm of the U.K’s Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, highlighted on Monday. Read more: Period poverty: Most poor women in St. Louis can't afford tampons and sanitary products, resort to using rags and diapers The advice will likely be welcome news to women who could avoid symptoms such as headaches, cramps and shifts in mood that … [Read more...] about Birth Control Pill 7-day Break Introduced to Please the Pope Deemed Unnecessary by Experts
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THE contraceptive pill can safely be taken every single day of the year, new NHS guidance states. The news comes after scientists dismissed the decades old seven-day breaks originally brought in to appease the Catholic Church. The Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH) says there is no health benefit to a break in taking the combined contraceptive pill. In fact, its experts say taking the pill day-in, day-out will actually prevent more unwanted pregnancies occurring. The FSRH is the body which sets the key national guidelines for the safe prescription of contraceptives. “The gynaecologist John Rock devised (the break) because he hoped that the Pope would accept the pill and make it acceptable for Catholics to use,” Professor John Guillebaud told The Telegraph. KEEPING THE POPE HAPPY “Rock thought if it did imitate the natural cycle then the Pope would accept it. “When his campaign to get the pill accepted by the Pope failed, he just simply … [Read more...] about Contraceptive pill CAN be taken every day of the month, NHS confirms as ‘Pope rule’ dismissed
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
My periods came in like a wrecking ball every month from the time I was 15 — painful bouts of dry heaving, blacking out, and intense inflammation were typical on the first day of my cycle. Things got worse in my mid-twenties. Every 60 days or so, I would need to call out sick from work. One of the worst episodes went down while I was sleeping over at my then-boyfriend’s place. Early in the morning, my body felt extremely bloated — like a water balloon right before max capacity. The cramps were unbearable, weighing me down like an iron fist. I shifted from sleeping on my side to my back to the fetal position ... hours of contorting in a search for relief. But it was worthless: I knew I was in for it. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below I made my way to the bathroom and ran a hot bath, which had helped in the past. Before I could step in, I started getting waves of hot flashes and my mouth felt like I'd just chugged a copper milkshake. My vision blurry, I knelt … [Read more...] about My Period Pain Was Unbearable. Turns Out I Was Growing a Monster Inside Me.
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