October 30, 2014 – Earlier this month, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommended that the first-line contraceptive choice for sexually active adolescents is a long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC). This is a new recommendation for the APP, which is an organization of 62,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. Read More
In my last blog I wrote about Essure, a relatively new procedure that offers a highly effective option for permanent birth control. One of the best ways to evaluate whether or not a medical procedure is right for you is to look at it in terms of its risks and benefits. Here are some more questions and answers that I hope will help you with your decision.
Is the Essure procedure effective?
While no form of birth control is 100% effective, fewer than one in 100,000 pregnancies occur when tubal blockage has been confirmed by the three-month test. The Essure procedure is the only birth control method with zero pregnancies in clinical trials.
Is the Essure procedure safe?
Studies have shown that the Essure procedure is safe. However, as with most birth control methods, there are risks. In some cases one or both Essure coils may not place properly in the Fallopian tubes and may have to be re-applied.
Is the Essure procedure painful?
In most cases the pain of an Essure procedure is far less and shorter-lasting than the pain often associated with Read More
Lately I’ve been getting a lot of questions from my patients about the Essure birth control procedure. Maybe it’s because of the recent publicity from Olympic gold medalist Picabo Street, who announced earlier this year that she’d undergone the procedure. In any case, I thought I’d answer some of the most common questions I’ve heard. I’ve also included some useful links at the bottom of this blog. Read More
If you occasionally forget to take your birth control pills, you should consider using the Nuvaring. The Nuvaring is a soft flexible plastic ring that is inserted into your vagina and removed after 3 weeks. A new ring is then inserted one week later. Just like birth control pills, the Nuvaring contains a combination of estrogen and progesterone. Instead of having to take a birth control pill every day, the Nuvaring prevents pregnancy for a full four weeks by slowly and continuously releasing estrogen and progesterone into your body every day for 21 days. Since it contains the same types of hormones that birth control pills contain, using the Nuvaring has the same risks and benefits for your health. As compared to birth control pills, the major advantage of the Nuvaring is the convenience factor. Read More