Introduction to Ovarian Cancer: Causes and Risk Factors

Ovarian cancer is the fifth most common cancer affecting women today. In fact, ovarian cancer is responsible for more deaths than any other type of female reproductive cancer.

Do I Ovulate When on the Pill?

The way most birth control pills work is by preventing ovulation. Birth control pills are formulated with a combination of estrogen and progesterone or progesterone only. During a normal fertility cycle, estrogen peaks at the middle signaling the pituitary gland to release hormones that tell the ovaries to mature and release an egg.

How Many Pills Can I Miss Before Having To Use A Condom?

Missing just one pill can result in pregnancy if you engage in unprotected sex, but condom use depends on the dosage of estrogen and the number of pills missed.

You’re On Vacation And Forgot Your Birth Control Pills: Here’s What To Do Right Now

Preparing for a vacation is often stressful, and in those last busy minutes of packing, it’s easy to forget very important items. Most things can be purchased at your destination, but when you forget to pack your birth control pills, it can have a life-changing effect.

Implantation Failure: What Can Prevent It From Happening?

While there are many myths out there surrounding getting pregnant, when it comes to implantation, there are few things a woman can do to prevent it from happening.

Tips For Safely Storing The Pill

The pill need to be stored safely to maintain integrity and efficacy. You may think throwing your bathroom cabinet or purse is the ideal, but those places could be the worst for storing the pill.

Why Does My Period Come At The End Of The White Birth Control Pills?

Why does my period always come at the end of the white pills and not the beginning?

Breastfeeding Lowers Risk for Rehumatoid Arthritis (RA)

Breastfeeding may lower a woman's risk for developing rheumatoid arthritis, also known as RA, according to new research.

All About the Birth Control Pill

Birth control pills are a combination of female hormones used to inhibit fertility. Current birth control pills are more than 99-percent effective at preventing pregnancy.

Psychological Vulnerability Linked to Hormone Levels

According to researchers from University College of London (UCL), women may be more psychologically vulnerable after a stressful experience during specific days of the menstrual cycle.

Do My Chances of Getting Pregnant Decrease if I Have Been on the Pill for Many Years?

There is no evidence birth control reduces fertility. Clinical studieshave suggested that pregnancy rates after long-term birth control useare nearly identical to those in women who've never taken birth control.

How Long Do I Have to Wait After I Stop Taking the Pill in Order to Get Pregnant?

The birth control pill, commonly referred to as simply 'The Pill,' supplies hormones to the body essentially tricking the body into thinking it's pregnant.

Birth Control Pill Preferred to Condoms by Parents of Teenage Girls

UC San Francisco researchers recently published a report in the Journal of Adolescent Health revealing parents of teenage girls are more apt to support birth control pills than condoms.

Contraceptives During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

All about contraceptives and pregnancy/breastfeeding. Are they safe for use during pregnancy and/or breastfeeding?

How Long Do I Have to Wait After I Stop Taking the Pill in Order to Get Pregnant?

The birth control pill has been around for more than 40 years. Thebirth control pill, commonly referred to as simply 'the pill,' supplieshormones to the body, preventing ovulation, altering the lining of theuterus and altering cervical mucus.

What Foods Interfere With the Pill?

Birth control pills often deliver estrogen to the body in doses high enough to stop ovulation. Some foods also contain estrogen. This brings up the question of foods that could interfere with birth control pills and the effectiveness of those pills.

After the Pill

When can I get pregnant and when should we have sex after the pill?

Will the Birth Control Pill Cause Infertility if I Take it for a Long Time?

 The birth control pill has been around for decades and despite clinical study and assurance from the prescribing physician, women continue to hear negative rumors about possible side effects of taking the pill.

Light Menstrual Bleeding

Light menstrual bleeding is also known as hypomenorrhea.

When is My Period Supposed to Come?

A woman's menstrual cycle, or period, generally takes 28 to 32 daysto complete. There are some women who have shorter cycles and some whohave longer cycles. The only way to determine your cycle length is totrack your periods on a calendar.

I Started a New Brand of Pill and My Period Changed. Why?

Birth control pills utilize hormones to regulate ovulation and therefore may change the menstrual cycle. After using one birth control prescription for a while your body adjusts to the hormones and you establish a more regular menstrual cycle.

Birth Control Pill: Withdrawal Bleeding

The birth control pill contains active and inactive hormone pills. Active hormone pills prevent ovulation as well as the lining of the uterus from thickening.

How is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) Treated?

Because there is no cure for PCOS, it needs to be managed to prevent problems. Treatments are based on the symptoms each patient is having and whether she wants to conceive or needs contraception.

Will I Get Pregnant if I Have Sex In Between Two Pill Packs?

As long as you take your birth control pills regularly, there is little risk of pregnancy if you have unprotected sex while taking the inactive pills in your birth control pack.

My Infertility Journey: The Beginning

I was always sure I wanted kids. I talked about it when I was a teenager as if it were a given that I would have them someday in the far off future. There was only a very brief time in my early 20's when I wasn't sure.

Birth Control for Cancer Prevention

The risk of developing certain forms of cancer can be decreased by using hormonal birth control.

Common Myths About the Birth Control Pill

The birth control pill has been around for decades; despite clinical study and assurance from the prescribing physician, women continue to hear myths about potential side effects of taking the pill.

Latest Birth Control Pills Increase Clot Risk

The newest version of the pill increases the risk of dangerous deep veinous thrombosis (DVT) blood clots.

Choosing the Right Combination Birth Control Pill

Combination birth control pills contain both progestin and estrogen. There are various types of progestin used in combination birth control pills giving women a wide selection.

Know Birth Control Pill Side Effects

Birth control pills are one of the most effective forms of contraceptive on the market today but they come with side effects, just like other medications.

What do I do if I miss taking one or more birth control pill?

Below are instructions to follow if you miss one or more birth control pills.

Milk Supply While Breastfeeding

Although it may look easy, breastfeeding is not a simple task. It is natural, but sometimes a new mother’s body just doesn’t respond like we hope it will.

Antibiotics and Birth Control Pill

It is common to hear that antibiotics, including penicillin and ampicillin, have the potential to interfere with the effectiveness of birth control pills.

Post Pill Amenorrhea - No Period After The Pill

Post Pill Amenorrhea is defined when you did not get your period after stopping the pill.

Can Having Children Protect You From Cancer?

The term nulliparous refers to a woman who has never given birth – she has no children. In our fast-moving world, many women choose not to have children until much later in life and some choose to never start a family.

My Infertility Journey: Moving Forward At Last (Part 27)

I smiled and nodded a lot during my follow-up appointment. I was still hugely angry at the doctor over the anesthesia issue, but determined to be pleasant so he would hopefully be pleasant in turn.

My Infertility Journey: Birth Control and Education Sessions (Part 33)

After getting the blood drawn, we went back to the car, and thank God I remembered I was supposed to get a prescription for birth control pills while I was there.

My Infertility Journey: The Cost of IVF Meds (Part 35)

Once I got home from the education session, I started trying to figure out just how much all of these medications were going to cost me.

My Infertility Journey: Those Crazy Hormones (Part 39)

So far, I was only on the initial one-month pack of birth control pills prescribed by by fertility doctor. They were the same brand I took in college, though the packaging had changed somewhat.

My Infertility Journey: One Month More (Part 40)

It became clear pretty quickly that the finances to get all of the necessary fertility medications just weren't going to be there during the holidays. So, I called my IVF coordinator at the clinic to see if we could put it off for another month.

My Infertility Journey: Still Waiting for Several Things (Part 50)

A week and two days past my period due date and no period had me concerned. I'd only taken the first week of the new pack of birth control pills, so I figured maybe a week late was reasonable. However, this extra two days now had me concerned.

Getting Fit Won’t Reduce Back Pain, but It Couldn’t Hurt

Back pain during pregnancy is extremely common. In fact, one out of every three pregnant women reports mild to disabling pain. Even before your belly is large enough to affect posture, back pain might be prevalent, which might confuse you about its cause.

Taking Birth Control while Breastfeeding

While statistics show that breastfeeding is as effective as contraceptive pills, you shouldn’t rely on it if you’re seriously trying not to get pregnant. There’s a chance you could, and you won’t know the moment when your body decides to become fertile again.

Should Women over 40 Use Contraceptives?

My best friend’s mom stopped taking the birth control she had been on when we were still in high school. She was over 40 years old by this point, and she had been taking the same type of birth control since my best friend had been born.

How to Choose a Birth Control Pill

Choosing the right birth control pill can be difficult. Find out the pros and cons of different types of birth control pills.

Factors That Can Affect Cervical Fluid

What factors can affect cervical fluid?

Sex, Female Orgasm, Conception: A Dozen Details

William Masters and Virginia Johnson took the world's bedrooms by storm when they published Human Sexual Response and Human Sexual Inadequacy in the 1960s and 1970s.

Using Oral Contraceptives For Many Years Increase Risk for Glaucoma

Women who take contraceptives for a long time may be at greater risk for eye problems, according to new research results presented at the 17th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology in New Orleans.

How are Fibroids Treated?

After being diagnosed with fibroids or uterine fibroids, treatment is discussed with the patient. There is a long list of treatment options, with a specific treatment plan individualized including one or more treatments for each patient.

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