Do I Need to Take a Break from the Birth Control Pill?

Many women believe they must come off the birth control pill for a period of time in order to stay healthy or avoid harmful effects, but is it true? ... read more »

Is Giving My Child the Pill Telling Her She Can Have Sex?

As with so many medical issues, sometimes it can be difficult to separate fact from fiction. This can be especially distressing when deciding whether the birth control pill may be a good option for your teen daughter. There are many common myths involving teens and the pill. ... read more »

Do I Ovulate When on the Pill?

How do birth control pills work? The way most birth control pills work is by preventing ovulation. ... read more »

Why Does My Period Come After White Birth Control Pills?

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

Study: Parents Prefer Birth Control Pills for Teen Daughters

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. ... read more »

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. ... read more »

Students Alter Birth Control Use to Avoid Menstruation

Hormonal birth control pills can be used to delay or eliminate some menstrual periods, especially for women who experience heavy bleeding or prolonged menstrual periods, but according to researchers, university students are altering birth control schedules. ... read more »

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. ... read more »

My Infertility Journey: Still Waiting

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. ... read more »

My Infertility Journey: Birth Control

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. ... read more »

Post Pill Amenorrhea - No Period After the Pill

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

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. ... read more »

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. ... read more »

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. ... read more »

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. ... read more »

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. ... read more »

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. ... read more »

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. ... read more »

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. ... read more »

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. ... read more »

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. ... read more »

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