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June 27, 2011

The Education of OTC Birth Control Pills Are Becoming Critically More Important

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Medication has been evolving at an alarming pace due to the advancements of technology and our understanding of it. Prescription and over-the-counter medications are being more readily available than ever before. The availability and complexity of birth control pills in our time of age requires a certain understanding.

It has been brought to light that American women have been crossing the border into Mexico to buy birth control pills. Women are doing this because it is cheaper in Mexico but of course the risks in Mexico are greater. Also many women in the States are denied at the clinic because of a contraindication.

It’s not just Mexico. Many places all over the world have OTC birth control Much of South America also has OTC birth control available.

The results of the birth control studies have been somewhat contradictory. This confusion has lead to no affirmative stance and publication to be announced. Dr. Grossman’s team reported in the March issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology that woman from southern Texas were using combined oral contraceptives from a family planning clinics meaning prescription birth control pills had a lesser rate of absolute and relative contraindications (5.3% and 8.6%) than woman who were crossing into Mexico to buy them without a prescription (7.4% and 13.4%, respectively). However, another study done by Dr. Grossman and his colleagues show, “distributing more pill packs at once and removing the prescription requirement would lead to increased continuation”. A new study shows that “women who obtained their pills at the clinic were 60% more likely to stop taking them”. The reason is thought of as for the discontinuation of the pill is the issue of access. The danger is buying the pill OTC doesn’t inform women of the combined dangers. The conditions include “severe liver disease, breast cancer, ischemic heart disease, stroke or complex valvular heart disease, thrombogenic factors (e.g., major surgery with prolonged immobilization or history of thromboembolism), migraine with aura, smoking at age 35 or older, breastfeeding less than 6 weeks postpartum, and blood pressure of 160/100 or higher”.

The studies by Dr. Newcomer show that women can accurately use a checklist to spot the risks of birth control pills, and use an automatic blood pressure machine to check for hypertension. What OB-GYNs and general doctors need to do is ensure the safety of their patients by removing the barriers women face in getting birth control pills and educating them.

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May 9, 2011

Brain growth due to birth control

Filed under: birth control pills — Tags: , , — Janine @ 12:14 pm

brainA recent report by the journal Brain Research shows that the structure of a women’s brains can be effected by birth control pills. The study compared the brains of the women who were taking the pill as birth control with other women and men who were not on the Pill. The birth control acts like steroids being soaked up by the brain, increasing the amount of grey matter in the prefrontal cortex of the brain.

Enlarging the brain for academic purposes may be a good idea, but disrupting the organ’s natural functions could cause serious problems. Numerous studies have been undertaken to determine the effects of hormonal birth control pills on other parts of the body, however this is the first time the brain has been studied in depth and so far the study has shown that oral contraceptives results in an enlarged brain.

Having a larger brain does not equate to an increase of your IQ, so don’t bet on hoping to obtain a better grade on your next exam or to impress your boss at a conference.

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April 4, 2011

New Study Reveals only 1% of Estrogen in Drinking Water Comes from Birth Control Pills

drinking waterA new study by Tracey Woodruff, PhD, MPH, associate professor and director of the University of California-San Francisco’s Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment, indicates that birth control pills only account for about 1% of estrogen in the drinking water supply.

There have been concerns that the estrogen contained in birth control pills causes environmental health concerns such as intersex fish, fish showing female traits such as egg production. But this new study sheds new light on the source of estrogen in water. Woodruff and her colleagues analyzed the source of estrogen in drinking water, and discovered that it is mostly coming from sources such as livestock waste, soy and dairy foods, and other pharmaceuticals, but not birth control pills. This study contradicts the idea that estrogen absorbed by the body from birth control pills is excreted in urine and eventually makes its way into the water supply. Instead, this research indicates that most of the hormone is removed during processing at waste water treatment plants.

The effect on humans of hormones in water is controversial. Woodruff’s research focused on the source of estrogen in our drinking water supply and not the effects of the hormones on humans. She mentioned that estrogen in water, no matter where it is coming from, can be contributing to human health problems such as breast cancer, early puberty and other reproductive issues. However, Jeff Stier, senior fellow at the National Center for Public Policy Research, a conservative think-tank based in Washington, D.C., says that there is no significant scientific evidence supporting the idea that estrogen in water causes human health problems.

No matter what the effect of extra estrogen in our environment, this study reveals that birth control pills are not a significant source of the hormone in our drinking water.

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October 4, 2010

Sex-Ed in Schools Fails to Address All Birth Control Options

The lessons taught during sexual education in school are a very important part of a teen’s development as a young adult.  However, a new government report has reported that only two thirds of all teens have been taught about birth control methods and options.  Many students are not engaging enough in learning about pregnancy prevention and safe sex.  Recent data shows that after many years of constant decline, the teen birth rate rose between 2005 and 2007, and decreased again in 2008 to 10 percent of all births.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention had female interviewers from the University of Michigan conducting interviews with nearly 2,800 teenagers between 2006 and 2008.  It was found that 97% of teens had received formal sex education by the age of 18.  This included instruction from school, church, community centers, or other settings.  The content of the instruction included how to say no to sex, information on sexually transmitted infections, and information on birth control.  Lessons concerning STIs were more common than lessons on how to use a condom or other types of birth control.  In total, two thirds of teens had reported being taugh about birth control by the end of high school – about 62% of boys and 70% of girls.  On the other hand, 92% of boys and girls had reported being taugh about STIs, and almost as many had learned about preventing being infected with AIDS.  In addition, 87% of females and 81% of males were taught how to say no to sex.

Other researchers have found that there has been a decline in comprehensive sexual education from 1995 – 2002.  This decline was largely due to government policies stressing an abstinence-only policy in educational systems. Most education programs talked about the threat of STIs, but not how to use various birth control methods.  On the contrary, in the last two years, more funding has been put into sex education programs that discuss birth control options.  An earlier CDC report released earlier this year found.

Another CDC study, released earlier this year, found that teenage use of birth control and teen attitudes toward pregnancy have remained about the same since 2002.

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August 23, 2010

Women using Birth Control Pills have Increased Brain Function

A recent study from Salzburg University in Austria has concluded that contraceptive pills can increase the areas of the brain associated with memory and social skills.

The research showed that contraceptives enhance the brain’s conversation area which leads to improved social skills. Gray matter area essential for memory also grows in size by about 3% with oral contraceptive use.

Scientists took images of the brains of 14 men and 28 women (some of which were using the pill).  The women who were not using birth control pills were scanned several times over a one month period to tract their natural hormonal fluctuations.  Areas of the brain in women taking the pill were larger than the brains of the women who were not.  The growth in women only occurred in regions of the brain that were naturally larger than men to begin with – such as the areas involved in conversation.  The pill had little effect on the areas of women’s brains that are more dominant in men, such as special skills and map reading.

The results were the same regardless of the type of birth control used or the length of time it had been prescribed for.

Studies have previously been conducted on the differences in brain structure between men and women, however this is the first time a study has looked at the impact of hormonal contraceptives on the brain.

It was concluded that the sex hormones in the pill have a significant effect on the brain.  An increase in the volume of a brain area can actually improve the functions related to that area.  The changes are more likely to affect the skills (such as memory and verbal skills) that are already more developed in women compared to men.

It is possible that the estrogen and progesterone in the pill can help strengthen the links between nerve cells in the brain.  The brains size overall did not increase with the use of hormonal contraceptives, and it is not known whether the increased areas will return back to their original size if a woman stops using the pill.

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August 12, 2010

No Risk of Cancer from Birth Control

Birth control pills are one of the most popular and effective means of preventing unwanted pregnancies in the United States. They have been used for many years and have proved to be quite effective. However, in recent years some women have not been using birth control pills in fear that they will have an increased risk of cancer.

This is not true. In fact, using birth control pills can actually lower the risk of ovarian cancer by 50%. Also, breast cancer which birth control pills were linked to most strongly is also no longer considered a threat. It was found that the studies that declared birth control pills to be a factor in increasing cancer risk were in fact conducted in the ‘80s and have now been proven to be incorrect.

In addition to preventing unwanted pregnancies and reducing the risk of ovarian cancer, birth control pills have many other benefits. These include: regulating periods, clearing acne, preventing anemia, and preventing osteoporosis.

There are other studies that show birth control pills may still be responsible for a slight chance of cancer risk. This however does not seem to be proven. Overall, the advantages of taking birth control greatly outweigh the disadvantages.

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August 3, 2010

Hormonal Contraceptives are Less Effective in Overweight/Obese Women

A systematic review of results reported online has concluded that hormonal contraceptives (such as skin patches, vaginal rings, implants, pills, and injections) may not be as effective in overweight and obese women.

With obesity rates increasing worldwide every year, it is important that these findings be shared with the public.

The results from seven studies on 39,531 women on the success of hormonal contraceptives were examined and the results were varied among the different methods of birth control.  Some methods such as the birth control pill and the patch were less effective at preventing pregnancy in the obese and overweight women who used a hormonal contraceptive.

Body mass index, or BMI, played a large role in the effectiveness of the birth control pill.  Women with a BMI higher than 25 (classified as overweight), were more likely to get pregnant while using the pill than women with a BMI under 25.

Body weight, on the other hand, was the factor among women using the skin patch, vaginal ring, implant, or injection.  The body weight due to fat on the body determined the pregnancy risk among women using contraception.  Overweight and obese women using the skin patch, progestin implant, and vaginal ring were more likely to get pregnant than women of normal weight using these forms of contraception.  Curiously enough, the effectiveness of the hormonal injection was not affected by BMI or body weight.  One possible reason for the decreased effectiveness of the skin patch is simply that there is a higher density of fat cells in areas where the patch is to be placed.  The fat cells in the way of the blood stream can absorb and store the hormones preventing them from reaching the blood stream.

The exact reason why overweight and obese women are at a greater risk of pregnancy while using hormonal contraceptives is unknown.  Although several theories imply that it has something to do with specific biological factors.

Liver Enzymes – overweight women can experience an increased regulation of liver metabolism.  These higher levels of enzymes can help break down the hormones in oral contraceptives.  Heavier women have a greater circulating blood volume and body mass therefore there is more tissue for blood to circulate though. The chance that enzymes will break down the hormones in contraception is faster therefore the levels of circulating hormones can be decreased.

Hormone Storage – Hormones like estrogen and progestin that are found in birth control are stored in body fat.  The more fat cells on a woman, the greater her chances of the hormones becoming stored in her fat rather than flowing into her bloodstream.

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April 7, 2010

Mirena IUD


For women who are unable to use the standard types of birth control, IUD is the next best option. The copper covered IUD is the only no hormonal method of birth control available. An IUD (intrauterine device) is a piece of plastic placed inside the uterus to prevent pregnancy. IUD’s are one of the most successful birth control methods available. IUD’s are a fairly new method of birth control; they were only made available to all women in 2005.

A young woman entering college began taking birth control pills. She discovered quickly that she has allergies to synthetic hormones. The only form of birth control without hormones was an IUD. Thanks to the FDA’s recent approval of IUD’s she was able to use this form of birth control.

There was fear and a dire reputation of IUD’s in the past, when a large recall was issued in the late 1970’s. Recently IUDs were FDA approved, and have quickly gaining popularity and the product recall is being rapidly forgotten. In the course of one year IUD’s popularity increased by 23 percent.

The IUD has had a bad past. Prior to 1974 the most popular IUD – the Dalkon Shield – was fashioned differently than the current one. The shield allowed STI’s to get inside the uterus and fallopian tubes. This clogged them with scar tissue. Due to numerous deaths from septic pregnancies and other problems connected to the shield it was discontinued and later recalled. The IUD was scarred with a bad reputation for all the trouble it caused.

In 2001, Mirena IUD was put onto the birth control market. This new type of IUD used small doses of progestin. It was feared originally that Mirena could cause permanent infertility in women. This fear was cleared up in a study done in Virginia. It was proven by this study that new IUD’s do not increase the risk of infertility even in women that have several partners. It was also suggested in this study that Mirena protects from STI’s by producing large amounts of cervical mucus which blocks bacteria.

An IUD can be inserted by a doctor. When you have an IUD inserted you will require regular checkups to ensure the IUD stays safely placed and no complications arise.



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March 25, 2010

Birth Control Pills Lengthen Life

A British medical study that has recently concluded that women who have taken birth control pills are more likely to have a longer lifespan. This study observed the effects of the first generation of birth control pills in over forty thousand women, and has compared the number of deaths of those who were taking the pill to those who weren’t since 1968. Overall, this study demonstrated that the health benefits of taking birth control pills can outweigh any initial risks associated with taking birth control.

In fact, this research has further shown that taking the pill decreases the risk of death caused by bowel cancer by an average of thirty-eight percent. And although birth control has been proven to slightly raise the risk of developing breast and cervical cancer, this study demonstrated that overall, birth control pills decrease the chance of dying from any other diseases, including heart disease and all cancers by twelve percent.

But before jumping on board with birth control forever, remember that this method of contraception is not without risk, and that it’s important to outline your medical history with a doctor before taking the pill. The birth control pills that were observed in this study are slightly different than the modern products, which may not have the same life-lengthening benefits.
Though the women in this study took birth control pills all at various points in their lives for various amounts of time, the study concluded that “Oral contraception [is] not associated with an increased long term risk of death” so much that a net benefit is truly apparent.

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January 21, 2010

4 Reasons Why There Shouldn’t be a Male Birth Control Pill

There’s been ongoing interest over the possibility of a male contraceptive. Every few years a new discovery appears and it convinces us that we are closer to a birth control pill for men. For the first time, a safe, reversible, and effective male contraceptive has become a reality. Within the near future, several types of male birth control may become available to the average man. Soon men will be able to have the same options as women including a daily birth control pill, a patch or gel applied to the skin, and injection given every three months, or an implant under the skin every twelve months.

Seattle researchers claim that the availability of male contraceptives depends on how funding continues. The technology is available and it is understood how a hormonal male contraceptive will work.

Sure, this may be a great thing for women – we no longer have to remember the pill or suffer from awful side effects – but when you really think about it, a male contraceptive might not be such a good thing.

1. A new excuse to get you into bed – Some men might use male contraceptives as an excuse to get in your pants. The same men that lie about pulling out will lie about being on the pill.

2. Will they remember to take it – If you can’t trust your man to remember to pick up milk on the way home or buy condoms when you run out, how will you know if he remembered to take the pill?

3. An increase in STIs – Its been speculated that the approval of a male contraceptive might increase the spread of sexually transmitted infections. The pill won’t protect you from STIs – and if you’re both on the pill, why would you need a backup condom?

4. Decreased pregnancy rates – By putting men in control, couples may not be getting married having children as early in life. Women tend to want children more than men and they want to “move forward” in relationships. Men forget that the main reason for sex is procreation. Someone wrote in reply to the idea of a male birth control “[Male contraceptives] with the simultaneous invention of a time-travel machine, will result in 90% of us not being born”

There’s no telling whether or not men will even use a hormonal contraceptive, however its safe to say – don’t trust a man to do a woman’s job.

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December 30, 2009

Abortion Rates Rise

In Canada in 1970, out of 100 live births, there were only 3 abortions, with a total of 11,152 abortions for the year. By 1988, there were 70,754 abortions, with 19.3 abortions of every 100 live births. In 2001 there were 106,418 abortions. Out of 100 live births, 31.9 were aborted. Times have changed. Some girls are now using repetitive abortions as a type of birth control.

1. Worldwide there are approximately 42 million abortions per year, and 115,000 per day.

2. In the United States alone there were 1,370,000 abortions in 1996. Currently there are 3,700 abortions a day in the US.

3. Teenagers have 20% of all abortions; girls under 15 obtain 1.2% of all abortions. That is 504,000 abortions per year (worldwide) by females under 15.

4. 1% of abortions are because of rape or incest. 93% of abortions are because of personal reasons.

5. 47 % of all abortions are executed on women who have had at least one abortion previously.

6. In England and Wales 74 teens had their third abortion in 2008. 15 other teens under 18 had previously had between 3 and 6 abortions.

7. 1,500 of 19,000 girls under 18 who had an abortion in 2008 had also had at least one earlier abortion. In at least one case a teen was having her 8th abortion.

Some girls are not using contraception services and instead are relying on abortions, which can be dangerous, as repeated abortions may result in severe negative results. Having several abortions may cause cervical stenosis, which increases the chances of endometriosis or infertility. It may also cause scarring in the uterus (Asherman’s syndrome) which may result in infertility and miscarriage. This doesn’t necessarily mean abortion is a extremely hazardous procedure, but it is not recommended to have several abortions.


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October 5, 2009

Oral Contraceptives: 21/7, 24/4 or Continuous use?

18% of women ages 15-49 use a combined oral contraceptive (COC). Of all Canadian women who use a form of birth control, 32% chose COCs as their primary form of contraception. Birth control pills were first made to be taken for 21 days before a seven day hormone-free period. Today, this 21/7 regimen is the standard dosing regimen for oral contraceptives, however there is also a newer 24/4 regimen that may have even more benefits than the standard dose of 21/7.

Many of the Canadian women taking COCs today still follow the 21/7 dose, however it is not necessary. There are many women who choose to forgo their menstrual period all together by using contraceptives continuously without a hormone free interval. All available contraceptives (oral, trans-dermal, vaginal) can be used in a continuous regimen therefore eliminating a bleeding period. This contraceptive method is becoming popular among Canadian women who are comfortable with eliminating their menstrual period.

90% of all menstruating women have reported some form of premenstrual symptoms. 30% of these women have been diagnosed with PMS, and 8% have been diagnosed with an extreme form of PMS called premenstrual dysphoric disorder. Women taking COCs that contain progestin drospirenone, have noticed relief in minor PMS symptoms including physical and emotional PMS symptoms. COCS have even been successful in alleviating symptoms of severe PMS and PMDD in some women.

There are a number of benefits that the continuous/extended COC use has shown. Some of these benefits include the lessening of menstrual pain, headaches, bloating and swelling, acne, breast tenderness, and shorter periods. Continuous use, however, may cause spotting or unscheduled bleeding.

The benefits of the new 24/4 regimen include a more efficient suppressing of ovarian activity, that those who take a 21/7 hormone break increase their endogenous hormone levels which making ovulation more likely, therefore giving them a higher risk of becoming pregnant and developing ovarian cysts than women who use the 24/4 regimen. The 24/4 regimen prevents hormonal fluctuations helping to improve the quality of life for its users.Types of birth control pills and their dosage:

21/7 Regimen: Alesse, Yasmin, Cyclen

24/4 Regimen: Yaz, Loestrin 24 Fe

Extended Regimen: Seasonique

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September 17, 2009

India’s New Birth Control: Cash Incentives

India’s current population is over 1.2 billion, and it is expected that it will reach 1.53 billion by the year 2050, exceeding China’s population and becoming the world’s most populous nation.

The National Rural Health mission is continuously coming up with new ways to control the population growth. The newest form of birth control in India isn’t the Pill or a television – but money. The National Rural Health mission is granting couples who agree to delay having a child for a year 5,000 Rupees (125 USD). Some couples are agreeing to delay having a child for two years, and earning an extra 2,500 Rupees (50 USD). Considering that 70 Rupees a day is a good wage in India’s rural areas, many couples are welcoming the government’s offer.

Half the population in India is under the age of 25, and 27 million babies are born each year.

President of the Mission for Population Control says “India should aim for zero population growth – We feel that two children is a necessity, but a third is not required. It is better for families to control their family size.”

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August 31, 2009

Common Birth Control Side Effects

When taking hormone based birth control, you will likely be faced with several side effects as a result of your body’s way of adapting to the hormones. With birth control, the side effects usually go away after 3 months of use, so as long as you can trek through the rough patch, you will reap the benefits of birth control.

Headaches, dizziness, and breast tenderness are common side effects for women taking hormonal birth control. The best way to handle these symptoms is to take a couple of Advil, lie down, and drink a glass of water if the symptoms become unbearable.
Nausea is a possible side effect of birth control. This symptom usually goes away after a couple months of use.

Spotting is when you have breakthrough bleeding between periods that is usually very light. The trouble with spotting is that is is unpredictable. Try taking the pill at the same time everyday in order to prevent spotting. For those who have spotting while using a ring or IUD, try a different method of birth control. The spotting will stop when your body becomes used to the changes.

Mood swings are the utmost common side effects of using birth control. Because your body is taking in more female hormones, you may find yourself in a constant emotional state. For many women, this symptom is prominent in the first few months of taking birth control. After three months it becomes less noticeable.

If you are experiencing extreme side effects, try switching methods or pills. Remember that almost all side effects will die away after several months of using birth control.

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July 23, 2009

North American Women are Afraid of IUD’s

The Intrauterine Device (IUD) is the world most popular form of reversible birth control. There are more than 160 million women in the world who use this device – more than two thirds of which live in China.

The IUD is a reversible option to birth control, it does not require daily consumption (birth control pills), it is a safe effective alternative to birth control pills (based on its doses of hormones), and a single device inserted into the uterine can stay active for up to 10 years. The simplicity and the benefits of this device are overwhelming!

So why it is that less than 4% of all North American women use this birth control method?

Perhaps it was the Dalkon Shield scare in the 1970’s that has forever tainted the reputation of IUDs. “Dalkon Shield” was an IUD that was ultimately pulled out of the Canadian market due to it’s negative effects on consumers. There were many cases of infections, infertility, miscarriages, and death amongst its users.
Since then safe alternative IUD models have been develop and have prospered in popularity throughout the world. In China, more than 90 million women are rushing to get their hands on IUD contraceptives.

The United Nations department of economic and social affairs reported that only 2.9% of Canadian women and 1.8% of American women use IUD’s for contraception. Compared to the 19.6% in Asia, and 13.9% in the Caribbean, North American use of the IUD is surprisingly scarce.

An IUD is inserted and removed by a doctor quickly and easily, and can last up to 10 years depending on the model and desire for use. IUD’s prevent implantation of an egg by changing the lining of the uterus so that an egg cannot properly attach. IUD’s have other benefits as the also act as treatment to reduce acne and facial hair. It is expected that the popularity of the device will increase in North America as women grow more comfortable with the method and its benefits. The Dalkon Shield scare is now in the past.

Some popular brands of IUD are Mirena and ParaGard



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June 16, 2009

Totally Untrue Rumors about Birth Control

1. Birth control pills will make me fat!

Why it’s a lie – The pill has been given an unreasonable reputation. Despite what you may have heard from friends and colleagues, birth control does NOT contribute to weight gain.

Although some women seem to gain weight while taking the pill, researchers have shown that it isn’t actually due to pill use. The estrogen in the pill may cause some women to feel boated for the first few weeks, but this symptom usually goes away. The progestin in the pill may cause changes in appetite, but it’s nothing that you can’t resist. Finally, it has been studied that women tend to begin taking the pill during a point in time that just happens to overlap with lifestyle changes, including diet and weight changes.

2. The pill will increase my risk of cancer

Why it’s a lie – Okay – first of all, birth control pills have never been conclusively linked to cancer. Only the most recent research suggests that the pill has VERY little, if any, risk of development in breast cancer in women, and taking estrogen before menopause does not predispose women to breast cancer.

Actually, according to Planned Parenthood, if you use the pill you are 1/3 less likely to develop ovarian or uterine cancer than those who are not on the pill. Even better, your protection against these cancers will increase as you continue to use the pill, and can protect you for up to 30 years after you stop taking the pill. Some doctors even advise their patients (especially those with a family history of ovarian cancer) to take the pill for at least 5 years to prevent ovarian and uterine cancer!

3. I won’t get pregnant if I’m having my period

Why it’s a lie – Okay, so you may be LESS likely to get pregnant during your period, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get pregnant from the same sperm a few days later. Believe it or not, sperm can live in a woman’s uterus for up to three days. So, if you happen to be ovulating (like 70 % of women) either during, or after your period, you can become pregnant. If you are like the other 30% of women who ovulate between days 10 and 17 of their menstrual cycle, it is less likely… however ovulation in women can change, and it is not something you should bet on.

4. The pill is only good for contraception

Why it’s a lie – Although the pill is a great method of contraception with a 99% efficiency rate (upon perfect use), it also provides its users health benefits. Some examples of this are:

– More regular, lighter periods
– Reduced menstrual cramps
– Minimizing symptoms of PMS
– Protection against ovarian cysts and cancer
– Prevention of acne
– Pelvic inflammatory disease
– Excess body and facial hair
– Migraines
– Reduced risk of anemia

5. I can’t get pregnant or get STI’s if I use condoms

Why it’s not true – even though condoms are the best defense against STI’s (next to abstinence) they are not 100% foolproof. If they are applied properly, they are 99% efficient. If they are applied incorrectly they can be wayyy less efficient. When applied incorrectly, they can break and decrease in efficiency. In addition, if the condom does fit properly, it could slide off thus being much less effective.

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March 6, 2009

Perimenopause

Perimenopause, also known as menopause transition, is when menopause-related symptoms occur many years before and after menopause. In the perimenopause stage, the ovaries begin to shut down and stops producing certain hormones, such as estrogen and progesterone, decreasing the chance of becoming pregnant. Normally, women between the ages of 45 and 55 experience perimenopause, some even starts in their 30s.

Women take oral contraceptives to relieve perimenopausal symptoms. When a woman reaches menopause, it is recommended for her to transition from birth control pills to hormone therapy because hormone therapy has lower doses of hormones reducing the risk for negative side effects.

What are the symptoms of perimenopause?

Women may experience different menopause symptoms; you may notice symptoms that are not listed below:

  • Period pattern changes (shorter or longer, lighter or heavier, more or less time between periods)
  • Period stopping
  • Hot flashes (sudden rush of heat in upper body)
  • Night sweats (hot flashes that happen while you sleep), often followed by a chill
  • Trouble sleeping through the night (with or without night sweats)
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Mood changes, feeling crabby (probably because of lack of sleep)
  • Trouble focusing, feeling mixed-up or confused
  • Hair loss or thinning on your head, more hair growth on your face

To help ease the symptoms you may be experiencing, try the following:

  • Eat Healthy. A healthy diet is more important now than before because your risks of osteoporosis (extreme bone loss) and heart disease go up at this stage of life. Eat lots of whole-grain foods, vegetables, and fruits. Add calcium-rich foods (milk, cheese, yogurt) or take a calcium supplement to obtain your recommended daily intake. Get adequate vitamin D from sunshine or a supplement. Avoid alcohol or caffeine, which also can trigger hot flashes in some women.
  • Get Moving. Regular exercise helps keep your weight down, helps you sleep better, makes your bones stronger, and boosts your mood. Try to get at least 30 minutes of exercise most days of the week, but let your doctor recommend what is best for you.
  • Find healthy ways to cope with stress. Try meditation or yoga–both can help you relax, as well as handle your symptoms more easily. Our “Stress and Your Health” FAQ can be a good resource as well.

Should I stop taking oral contraceptives at Perimenopause?

Women experiencing perimenopause can continue taking low dose (20ug ethinyl estradiol) oral contraceptives to help relieve their perimenopause symptoms. At 50 or 51, the average age of menopause, low dose oral contraceptives can be stopped or changed to hormone replacements. When stopping oral contraceptives during perimenopause a serum follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) level test should be done on the last day of the pill. An FSH level above 40 signifies that you are in a menopausal state. If you stop taking oral contraceptives and your FSH level is below 40, you can get pregnant, unless you have not had your period 12 months in a row.

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January 29, 2009

Stopping the Pill. Starting the Pill

When you feel that the pill you are currently on is not the right pill for you, stopping the pill is a good idea. After being on the pill for over 3 months, if you continue to notice discomforting side effects (headache, nausea and vomiting, dizziness, depression, vaginal infections, and cramps, just to name a few), those are signs that you should stop the pill and try another oral contraceptive.

Can I stop taking the pill immediately or should I wait till the end of the pack?

If you have just started taking birth control pills or is trying a new brand of pills, it is recommended to stay on it the pill for the first 3 months even if you are experiencing negative side effects. The negative side effects normally would pass after 3 months. If it continues, you may stop the pill.

Stopping the pill may change your regular menstrual cycle. You can stop taking the pill immediately if you are uncomfortable with continuing the pill. As soon you stop taking the pill, you will experience bleeding.

When stopping the pill, make sure you have an alternative form of contraception, such as a condom.

If I have stopped taking the pill and want to get back on the pill, should I wait until it is the beginning of a month?

If you are starting a new brand of birth control pills, make sure you have a back up method of contraception such as condoms. Your first pack of pills may not protect you from pregnancy on the first week of taking them.

You can start your pills today, on the day your period begins, on the fifth day your period begins, or on the first Sunday after your period begins (so your menses will almost always begin on a Tuesday or Wednesday).

If I stop the pill and my period does not come back, what does that mean?

If you do not get your period after stopping the pill for three months, you should first take a home pregnancy test to make sure you are not pregnant. If you are not pregnant and still did not get your period for at least three months, see your doctor. You may be experiencing post-pill amenorrhea. Post-pill amenorrhea is when the pill stops your body from producing hormones needed for ovulation and menstruation. It may take some time before your body gets back into regular production of these hormones needed for your menstruation.

If I am planning to become pregnant, when should I stop taking the pill?

It is recommended to stop taking the birth control pill one month before you conceive so you can get back on your regular natural menstrual flow. If you are planning on stopping the pill longer before you conceive, make sure you are using other forms of contraception such as condoms.

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January 22, 2009

Modern Birth Control Pills Have A Reduced Heart Risk

Recently, researchers have found that newer forms of birth control pills do not increase the risk of heart disease as much as previous generations of birth control pills.

Researchers determined that new forms of birth control pills that have come out in the last decade tend not to raise blood pressure to the same extent as the older forms. Scientists are excited by the findings because it means that one day birth control pills might be used as heart disease prevention in addition to contraception. While more research is needed regarding heart disease prevention, it will no doubt make all women happy to know that birth control pills are improving as made evident by the reduction in risk of heart disease in newer birth control pills.

Researchers also found that modern forms of birth control contain less estrogen which makes them safer while still being effective. In addition, oral contraceptives with certain doses of estrogen are safer for women aged 35 through menopause.

To this day, hormonal contraceptives such as birth control pills, vaginal rings, and patches are still the most common prescribed contraceptives. On average, 11.6 (20%) million American women use hormonal contraceptives. Since the introduction of the birth control pill in the 1960s, over 80 percent of women have used hormonal contraceptives in their lifetime.

Its reassuring for women since the risk of heart disease has always been associated with birth control, and now those risks have been reduced with modern advances in birth control.

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December 15, 2008

Birth Control and Bleeding

Are you still bleeding or experiencing spotting while on the pill? If this is the first time you started using birth control pills, it is normal for new users to bleed during the first three months while on the pill. If you continue to bleed while on the pill, speak with your doctor to see if you should come off the pill for a week or a month for withdrawal bleeding. Once you get back on the pill, there should not be anymore bleeding or spotting.

Bleeding or spotting while you are currently using birth control pills is known is breakthrough bleeding. If you are still bleeding or spotting, try switching to a different pill. Let your doctor know that you are still bleeding and he/she will recommend you a higher strength birth control pill. Bleeding or spotting usually indicates that your pills are not as effective as they should be (additional methods of birth control when you are bleeding or spotting are recommended). Spotting is also a symptom of a sexually transmitted disease known as Chlamydia. Contact your doctor if you think you are at risk for an STD.

Can I be pregnant if I missed more than one or two pills a month?

If you have no bleeding in between pills, you may be pregnant and should see your doctor for a pregnancy test (or use a home pregnancy test). If you have a light period, you are most likely not pregnant. Just to be sure, you can take a home pregnancy test for reassurance.

What does it mean if I am bleeding after sex and am on the pill?

If you are bleeding after sex, check with your doctor immediately. Vaginal bleeding after sex can indicate the following:

  • Cervical Dysplasia (precancerous changes of the epithelial cells that line the cervix)
  • Chlamydia (bacterial infection transmitted through sexual activity or contact with semen, vaginal fluid, or blood)
  • Gonorrhea (an STD caused by bacteria. Pharmaceutical treatments available)
  • Vaginitis/Cervicitis (inflammation, swelling, and/or infection of the vagina or cervix)
  • Cervical Polyps (smooth, red or purple, finger-like growths grown from mucus layer of the cervix or the cervical canal)
  • Trichomoniasis (STD caused by protozoan)
  • Vaginal Yeast Infection (overgrowth of the normal fungi in the vaginal area)
  • Endometritis (inflammation of the endometrium)
  • Adenomyosis (when an endometrial tissue attaches itself to the uterus, or another organ, and grows outside of the uterus)
  • Uterine Polyps (overgrowth of the endometrium causing protrusions into the uterus)
  • Fibroid Tumors (a benign tumor)

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December 9, 2008

Contact lenses and birth control pills

Filed under: birth control pills,contact lenses,Uncategorized — Janine @ 10:44 am

Birth control pills can cause dry eyes making contact lenses very uncomfortable, increasing the risk of an eye infection.


In the past, wearing contact lens and taking birth control pills used to be a problem because contact lens used to be made of hard plastic and birth control pills had higher hormone dosages. The eye tissue may become dry causing higher sensitivity and decreasing wearing time. The cornea may retain fluid and change shape, which may cause fitting, feeling and visual problems. Today, we have soft contact lens and smaller dosages of hormones in birth control.

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December 4, 2008

Will you gain weight from taking birth control pills?

Weight gain is a common side effect for all hormonal methods of birth control. Women under the pill usually have an increase in appetite and have easier fat depositions. This is due to the increase in hormones. How much a woman will gain tends to vary. On average, women using the birth control pill gain approximately 10 lbs during the first year of use. Some women may gain more while others may not gain any weight at all. A lot of women who stopped using any hormonal birth control find that the weight comes off easily.

What can I do to prevent unwanted weight gain?

Try other types of birth control. If you want to stay with the birth control pill you are currently using, being more aware of your diet and exercising lifestyle can also help prevent unwanted weight gain.

If both methods were unsuccessful, ask your healthcare provider if insulin resistance is a factor to your problem. This condition can be confirmed in a blood test. If you are diagnosed with insulin resistance, stabilize your weight with a low carbohydrate diet.

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August 24, 2007

Questions from a reader

Filed under: birth control pills,pregnancy,Uncategorized — Ashlynn @ 8:35 am

Q. What happens if you take the Pill while you’re pregnant?

A. First off don’t be alarmed! There is no conclusive evidence that exposure to the artificial hormones found in birth control pills will hurt an unborn child. However, it is advised that you stop using your birth control pills if you suspect that you are pregnant. Purchase a pregnancy test at your local drugstore or see your doctor right away to confirm your suspicions.

Q. Will the results from a pregnancy test be correct if you’re taking the Pill?

A. The results will be correct. Pregnancy tests work by measuring the pregnancy-related hormone HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) in your blood or urine. The active ingredients found in birth control pills won’t affect the level of HCG in your system.

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August 15, 2007

Endometriosis and Birth Control: The Facts

To be able to explain more about the nature and prevention of endometriosis, it would be helpful to know more about the relationship of endometriosis and birth control pills. To be able to find solutions and relief for the painful symptoms of the disease, knowledge and understanding is necessary.

It is estimated that there are about 5 million women who are affected by endometriosis in the United States alone. The figure sits at around 70 million worldwide.

Endometriosis is the name of a medical condition where endometrial tissues, similar to those found in the uterus, are located in different areas in the body. In the same way as the endometrium in the uterus undergoes the process of growing, shedding and bleeding each month inline with the menstrual cycle, these tissues do so too.

It is still unknown why these tissues sometimes grow in other parts of the body like the intestines, the back, the neck, the head and the abdomen.

But when menstruation occurs these tissues breakdown and bleed too, resulting in pain caused by the inflammation and scarring associated with this process.

Endometriosis is a progressive chronic condition, which means that it worsens over time. As the scarring increases, adhesions can form. These are ropes of scar tissue that fan out from endometrial deposits and can attach themselves to other organs. Cysts are also common.

So, how can birth control pills help?

It is the level of the female hormones that make birth control pills effective in preventing pregnancy, which help with endometriosis symptoms. Because birth control pills lower estrogen levels and increase progesterone in the body, they are also deemed effective in alleviating the symptoms of endometriosis.

Of course, birth control pills are usually given as a prescription. However, for the purpose of controlling or eliminating the painful symptoms of endometriosis, you should always seek a prescription from your doctor for the pills.

That is because although you would be taking the same pills used in birth control, the dosage and use would have to be modified. To make it clear, for birth control purposes, there are placebo pills that the woman takes during several days of the month. In contrast, women who are trying to decrease the symptoms of endometriosis should not take placebo pills. Active pills are intended to be taken all year round by women who want to make endometriosis pains stop.

There are many treatments for endometriosis nowadays. There are the numerous modern medicines and alternatives to traditional medications available. While there are many women who try to use the two groups of medications, many consider using birth control pills to control endometriosis a good option.

Endometriosis and birth control are interrelated. But before using contraceptives as an endometriosis treatment, make sure you are properly advised by your own gynecologist or doctor.

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July 10, 2007

How The Foods You Eat Affect Your PMS

Filed under: birth control pills,menstrual periods,pms,Uncategorized — Ashlynn @ 8:44 am

There are some in the medical community who believe that PMS is actually a social phenomenon caused by social constructs. But there are many naturopathy and nutrition changes which may be able to alleviate PMS.

Commonly, doctors suggest to their patients that ibuprofen and oral contraceptives can reduce pain associated with PMS. And it is true that women taking birth control pills have reported less menstrual pain. Typically ibuprofen needs to be taken three to four times a day. These medications are known to block the adverse effects of prostaglandin hormones.

Prozac, an anti-depressant also known as fluoxetine, is an SSRI (serotonin based) which can be prescribed by your physician. Prozac dosages usually are between 20 to 60 mg per day. Other drugs which are often used include paroxetine, clomipramine, fluvoxamine, and nedadozone.

Hormone treatments include oral contraceptives, progesterone, and gonadotropin-releasing hormones, although these should only be used to treat severe symptoms as they have side effects as well.

But not all women want to take birth control pills, prescription drugs or ibuprofen to reduce their PMS pain and symptoms, due to the many side effects of these drugs. So for those that are interested in alternative options, there are nutritional therapies, lifestyle changes and herbal treatments. Acupuncture is another alternative treatment that some swear by.

On the nutrition side, some nutrients often can reduce or eliminate the negative symptoms thought to be associated with PMS. Here are some nutritional suggestions for changing your diet during your peak PMS times to reduce the PMS symptoms: Avoid smoked cheese, meats (such as bacon), and fish. These can increase fluid retention; Avoid caffeine and carbonated beverages; Avoid alcohol; Avoid smoking; Reduce sugar intake; Reduce sodium in your diet; Increase fiber in your diet; and Eat fresh food.

A noted gynecologist who has suffered PMS herself suggests that taking nutrients such as calcium, magnesium, and Vitamin E may have beneficial effects on PMS. In a 1998 study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Susan Thys-Jacobs found that calcium supplements of 1,200 milligrams per day (equivalent to four glasses of milk) reduced PMS symptoms dramatically. Results from using calcium supplements do not become apparent immediately. Calcium increases generally take about two months to take full effect.

Increasing Vitamin A intake has been shown to sometimes be effective. Other nutritional supplements available that may prove effective are Vitamin B6, manganese, and tryptophan. Tryptophan specifically is a good option when your PMS symptoms include crying, mood changes and depression. It works by increasing the serotonin levels in your brain to elevate your mood. Be cautious though, because taking too much may make you sleepy. It is commonly found in online supplement stores. Try some dietary changes and taking some vitamins and supplements before taking drugs, because these are usually safer alternatives.

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June 15, 2007

Are men getting their own birth control pill?

Primarily men have two options when it comes to birth control: using a condom or getting a vasectomy. Some men complain about lack of sensation while using a condom during intercourse, and for others having the surgery isn’t exactly on the top of their “to do” list (not to mention the second surgical procedure required if they decide they want to reverse it).

But not all is lost. According to the latest research a male birth control pill may be on the market soon, allowing men to take a more progressive role in contraception use.

So what took so long? One reason is the utter lack of interest (and funding) from the pharmaceutical companies. This lack of funding has made it hard to entice talent to the field: In total, there are only about 10 specialists in male contraception in this country. The other (more obvious) reason is that men and women’s bodies are, well, different.

Birth control pills for women contain synthetic forms of estrogen and progesterone, which prevent the ovaries every month from releasing an egg for fertilization. But, and you knew there was going to be a “but”, instead of releasing just one egg during monthly ovulation, men release about 120 million sperm with each ejaculation which in turn makes it more difficult to control.

So how will the male pill work you ask? Well it’s all about that uber-macho hormone testosterone, which is responsible for sperm production in the testes, hair growth, muscle mass and sexual characteristics. If a man is given extra testosterone it could shut down sperm production. Normally, at the start of the sperm-production cycle, the hypothalamus in the brain releases gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH), which triggers the release of fertility hormones called gonadotropins (FSH and ICSH) from the pituitary gland. ICSH signals the testes to produce testosterone, and FSH and testosterone tell the testes to produce sperm. When sperm production is complete, the testes release testosterone and a hormone called inhibin into the body, which tells the brain that there’s enough sperm. This stops the release of sperm-producing hormones.

Sounds great? Well just like female birth control pills there can be unwanted side effects. The problem is that by giving a man the amount of testosterone necessary to suppress sperm production, it can also cause acne, weight gain, prostate-gland growth and abnormal liver function.

That’s why scientists are also looking at a combination pill of testosterone and another hormone, progesterone (also found in female birth control pills). In men, progesterone inhibits sperm production in the testes. The drawback is that it can also affect those two things so intrinsic to the male psyche: their sexuality and sexual characteristics. To counteract the effects of progesterone injections of testosterone must also be administered to maintain those vital characteristics.

There is only one burning question, will men take it? According to a survey of 2,000 men in Capetown, Edinburgh, Shanghai, and Hong Kong, 67% were interested in some form of hormonal birth control. It also showed that men were ready to take on more responsibility for contraception usage and took into account their partner’s needs.

Researchers estimate that a male type of birth control should be available in about five years, but it will most likely be in the form of an injection or implant. As for a male birth control pill, the future is a little cloudy.

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May 15, 2007

What antibiotics affect birth control pills?

Filed under: antibiotics,birth control pills,Uncategorized — Ashlynn @ 9:31 am

Although the degrees to which antibiotics may affect hormonal birth control vary, there are certain antibiotics which doctors say can cause decreased effectiveness. Antibiotics that are listed as interfering include:

  • Rifampin
  • Penicillin
  • Amoxicillin
  • Sulfonamide
  • Ampicillin
  • Cotrimoxazole
  • Tetracycline
  • Griseofulvin
  • Minocycline
  • Metronidazole
  • Nitrofurantoin

If you are taking any of these antibiotics while using birth control pills your doctor should recommend that you use a back-up method of birth control (ie. condom). Despite the fact there is little evidence supporting a massive increase in pregnancies with antibiotic use, it is better to be safe than sorry. Use the back-up method during the run of your antibiotic and continue for one week afterwards.

Speak with your doctor if you have any concerns or questions about antibiotics and the effectiveness of your birth control.

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April 18, 2007

Can hormones from birth control cause hair loss?

Yes. Both birth control pills and hormone replacements contain estrogen which stimulates hair growth and prolongs the anagen growth phase. Most women say that their hair becomes thicker when first starting birth control or hormone replacement therapy. Some women describe an increased rate of hair sloughing or loss several months after starting the hormonal medications. This is not a reason to stop the hormones; the hair loss will go away with no change in the amount of hair.

Women who start the Pill may not notice the increased hair growth and thickness as much as an older, menopausal woman who has thinner hair to start with, but the gobs of hair in the hair brush several months after starting birth control pills will not go unnoticed. This loss of hair following estrogen stimulation by birth control pills, HRT or even pregnancy is called telogen effluvium. This is not a reason to stop taking your birth control. Both the use of Depo-Provera and Norplant contraceptive implants have about a 10% incidence of increased hair loss.

What can I do to decrease hair loss caused by birth control or hormone replacement?

It is best to continue taking the hormonal medications rather than stopping them. The new growth, resting and sloughing phases eventually come to a stop and your hair growth will start it’s normal course of action. Stopping your birth control or HRT may just prolong the hair loss.

One thing women should look for when hair loss is due to hormone therapy is to make sure that they are not receiving hormones that have too much testosterone-like activity. Some women who are genetically sensitive may develop a male pattern hair loss (balding on the side of the head) if their total androgen hormone level is too high. If this is the case, there should also be excess hair growth on the face, chest and lower abdomen in addition to the balding. The androgen hormone effect may come from the type of progestin in the birth control pills or it may come from a combination of estrogen and testosterone in the menopausal hormone replacement. If there is any suspicion that the hair loss follows a male pattern balding, then any androgenic compounds must be eliminated.

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April 3, 2007

Acne and Diane 35

Diane 35 is used for the treatment of androgen-dependent diseases in women, such as acne, especially pronounced forms and those which are accompanied by seborrhea or by inflammation or formation of nodes (acne papulopustulosa, acne nodulocystica), androgenetic alopecia and mild forms of hirsutism. Diane 35 can also be used as a type of birth control in women with androgen-dependent diseases and for the treatment of polycystic ovary syndrome. The aim of treatment with Diane 35 is to block the peripheral action of male hormones commonly present in the female body.

Diane 35 contains two hormones: cyproterone acetate, a progestogen, and ethinyl estradiol, an estrogen. Cyproterone acetate halts the influence of androgens, and reduces the activity of the sebaceous gland which plays an important role in the development of acne and seborrhea.

While all birth control pills may decrease the production of androgens to some extent, only Diane 35 decreases the ability of androgens to bind to their receptors, improving signs of androgenization such as acne, seborrhea and hirsutism in women.

The recommended duration of treatment is at least several months, as improvement may not be observed until four or five cycles of use. Research has shown that within three to six months of therapy with Diane 35, acne can be improved and suppressed.

Recently there has been much publicity in Canada about a possible increased risk of blood clots with Diane 35 compared to other birth control pills. It is not clear if this risk is real or not. There are other nonandrogenic birth control pills that should work just as well. These include Yasmin, OrthoCyclen, OrthoTricyclen, OrthoTri Cyclen Lo, OrthoEvra (the patch), Desogen, Mircette and others. If you are using Diane 35, discuss with your doctor as to whether you should continue on it or change to another pill. The risk however for an individual is very small.

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March 30, 2007

Birth control pill side effects

Aside from its almost l00% effectiveness in preventing pregnancy, taking the Pill may also lead to less menstrual flow and cramping, a lower risk of infection of the uterus and ovaries, a decreased chance of developing ovarian cysts and non-cancerous breast cysts and tumors, less ovarian cancer and uterine cancer, less rheumatoid arthritis, and it may improve acne.

During the first three months of use about 40% of women who take birth control pills will have side effects of one kind or another. The vast majority of women have only minor, transient side effects. Some of these side effects are: light bleeding between menstrual periods, skipped periods, nausea, weight change, bloating, increase in vaginal infections. Although it is difficult to predict whether a woman will develop one of these minor problems, a problem can often be eliminated by changing your birth control pill.

Blood clots, stroke and heart attacks are the most serious side effects associated with birth control pills. These problems occur in only a small number of women who take the pill. Women who smoke, are over 35, have diabetes, high blood pressure, heart or vascular disease or blood cholesterol and triglyceride abnormalities have the most risk of developing these problems. Other serious side effects are worsening of migraine headaches, gall bladder disease, increase in blood pressure and an extremely rare liver tumor. Some birth control pills may cause changes in the levels of fatty substances in the blood. The long-term consequences of these changes are not known. Regular visits to your doctor are important for early detection of these health risks.

Certain drugs for epilepsy and tuberculosis, as well as certain antibiotics can reduce the effectiveness of your birth control pill. St. John’s Wort has also been known to reduce the effectiveness of oral contraceptives. You should always ask your doctor about any possible effect on birth control effectiveness when another drug is prescribed.

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March 22, 2007

Femcon Fe chewable birth control pill

Femcon Fe is a spearmint-flavored birth control pill that can be swallowed or chewed. It combines 2 different hormones – progestin and estrogen. Together, these 2 hormones suppress ovulation and other related changes your body goes through. That means an egg is not released from your ovary and therefore cannot be fertilized by sperm. Birth control pills also thicken your cervical mucus (making it difficult for sperm to enter the uterus) and change the lining of your uterus (making it difficult for a fertilized egg to implant itself in the uterine wall).

Using Femcon Fe, or other oral contraceptives, is one of the most effective methods of birth control available. If taken correctly on a daily basis, birth control pills are as much as 99% effective in preventing pregnancy, meaning there is still a 1% chance that you could get pregnant.

What are some advantages to using Femcon Fe?

  • Chewability – Femcon Fe is the only oral contraceptive to offer chewability. Perfect for women who have difficulty swallowing even the tiniest pill.
  • Cycle control – There is low incidence of spotting or bleeding between periods.
  • Low-dose – Most available birth control pills contain the same type of estrogen as Femcon Fe but in different amounts. Femcon Fe is considered a low-dose pill because it contains 35 micrograms (mcg) of estrogen.
  • Menstrual relief – Femcon Fe can help reduce menstrual cramps, regulate irregular periods, and lighten menstrual flow.

Does Femcon Fe offer any health benefits?

  • Your menstrual cycles may become more regular.
  • Blood flow during your period may be lighter and less iron may be lost.
  • Pain or other symptoms, like menstrual cramps, may decrease.
  • Lesser chance of ovarian cysts occuring.
  • Ectopic pregnancy may occur less frequently.
  • Noncancerous cysts or lumps in the breast may occur less often.
  • Lesser chance of acute pelvic inflammatory disease occuring.
  • Using birth control pills may provide some protection against developing two forms of cancer: cancer of the ovaries and cancer of the lining of the uterus.

Does Femcon Fe have any side effects?

Birth control pill side effects are generally not serious. The most common side effects include breast tenderness, nausea, vomiting, and spotting or bleeding between periods. These side effects often go away within the first 3 months. While more serious side effects occur infrequently, some medical conditions have been associated with Pill use, including:

  • Blood clots, blockage of blood vessels
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Liver tumors (extremely rare)
  • High blood pressure, which returns to normal when you stop taking the Pill

Is there anything else I should know about Femcon Fe?

Cigarette smoking while using the Pill increases the risk of serious adverse effects on the heart and blood vessels. This risk increases if you are a heavy smoker (15 or more cigarettes a day) and with age (especially if you are over 35). Women who use birth control should not smoke.

You should not take the Pill if you have or have had blood clots, certain cancers, a history of heart attack or stroke, or are pregnant.

Femcon Fe does not protect against HIV/AIDS or sexually transmitted diseases. Always use a nonhormonal backup contraceptive like a condom for extra protection.

Missing a pill or taking a pill a few hours later than normal can decrease the effectiveness. Certain medications like antibiotics are also known to increase the chance of your birth control pill failing.

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March 3, 2007

What are monophasic, biphasic and triphasic birth control pills?

The early forms of birth control pills had a good deal of estrogen in them. Today’s birth control pills have a lot less hormone in them than even 10 years ago. That’s because we have learned that they work at much lower doses than we originally thought.

Most birth control pills contain the hormones estrogen and progestin. They are categorized as monophasic, biphasic, or triphasic pills depending on whether the level of hormones stays the same during the first three weeks of the menstrual cycle or changes. Pills for the fourth week, when included, are usually “reminder” pills. They contain no active drug and are there to keep you on a daily schedule.

Monophasic pills contain the same amount of estrogen and progestin in all of the active pills in a pack. Examples of monophasic pills include Brevicon, Loestrin, Alesse, and Ortho-Cept. Because of the uniform hormone level in all the pills, monophasics are least likely to cause side effects, such as mood changes, that can result from fluctuating hormone levels in the body.

Biphasic and triphasic pills contain different dosages of progestin or estrogen throughout the pill pack. Compared with monophasics, these pills reduce the total hormone dosage a woman receives and are thought to better match the body’s natural menstrual cycle. Biphasic pills change the level of hormones once during the menstrual cycle. Examples of biphasic pills include Ortho-Novum 10/11, Mircette and Necon 10/11.

Triphasic pills contain three different doses of hormones in the active pills (changing every seven days during the first three weeks of pills). Triphasic pills include Ortho-Novum 7/7/7, Ortho Tri-Cyclen, Triphasil, Tri-Levlen, and Tri-Norinyl.

When taken regularly and according to the directions, birth control pills are 98% to 99% effective in preventing pregnancy, depending on how much estrogen they contain. The most common reason for pregnancy in a woman taking birth control pills is a failure to take them as directed. You should be familiar with the instructions that come with the dispenser for what to do if you miss a dose. It is a good idea to use a second method such as a condom or diaphragm for the rest of the month, even if you miss only one dose.

Despite the differences, no single pill or pill type rates as the “best” one. Experts consider all combination pills equally effective in preventing pregnancy, provided the pills are used appropriately. Your doctor can help you choose a birth control pill based on your age, medical history, and lifestyle, and cost.

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