POSTS WITH TAG: birth control

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    If you're nursing a newborn, sex may be the last thing on your mind ... still, though, if you and your hubby end up raring to get it on during some rare interlude when the little tyke is asleep, a very important question may crop up: Can you get pregnant while breastfeeding?

    Oh that. Yes, let us talk about the possibilities ...

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    Surely you've heard of a wrongful death lawsuit, but have you ever heard of a wrongful pregnancy suit? That's what a mom in Illinois is claiming right now. Cynthia Williams is suing the doctor who performed her tubal ligation because she got pregnant with a sick child after the surgery that was supposed to render her sterile.

    The decision to sue has drawn criticism of the 40-year-old mother of four from folks who worry about the message Williams is sending her daughter. But what about the message she's sending the medical community?

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    No offense to the guys out there, but we women have always been on the losing side when it comes to being able to protect ourselves from both pregnancy AND HIV. The only birth control method we've been able to use up until now to prevent both is condoms. And, as wonderful as they are, it isn't always easy as a woman to feel confident that we can trust our partners when it comes to using condoms correctly. A new device has just been revealed that may put women in the driver's seat when it comes to taking full control and responsibility of our sexual health.

    The intravaginal ring is a 5.5-cm ring that is inserted into the vagina and contains both levonorgestrel, a synthetic progestin hormone, and tenofovir, an anti-retroviral drug. 'Til now, researchers have not been able to find a way to combine the two drugs. This innovation could spell big, positive changes for women everywhere.

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    Just this summer the emergency contraception known as Plan B One Step was approved to sell off the shelf to anyone who needs it, regardless of your age. Now the "morning after" pill just got cheaper and easier to buy. The FDA is now allowing the generic version of Plan B to be sold without proof of age as well -- at about half the price of the original. There is a catch: The box reads that the pill is for women age 17 and older. However, that's a guideline. It's still legal for girls under 17 to buy generic Plan B.

    Plan B is now less expensive and more accessible -- but you still need to be careful about how you take it. Here's what women should know about this medication before you try it.

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    So how are those birth control pills working out for you? Feeling a little moody and bloated? Sick of Depo-Provera shots? Diaphragm killing your spontaneity? Can't take the six months of non-stop bleeding from your IUD? Not a fan of the taste of condoms? Failed by the pull-out method? Not feeling the rhythm of the rhythm method? (I could do this all day!) No matter where you go for your birth control, one thing is clear: It's hard to find the perfect solution.

    So can you blame us for getting a little bit excited every time we hear about a new birth control method? But there are limits to the things I'll try. Here's some outside-the-condom-box ideas that get big points for creativity ... but I think I'll let someone else try them first and tell me how they work.

    Would you try any of these?

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    Ahhh, emotional eating. I think it's safe to say that you, your best friend, your sister's mother-in-law, heck -- everyone you know: they've all been there. Whether it's a bad day at the office or a frustrating fight with the man in your life -- there's comfort knowing that there's always that trusty best friend waiting for you at home in the back right corner of your pantry (or better yet, your freezer). Well get this: Microsoft is helping to develop a bra that tells women when to stop eating. Yes, I'm serious.

    This is how it works: the bra holds an EKG sensor near the heart, so whenever the readings reach levels indicative of high-stress, the bra sends a message through a mobile app (appropriately called EmoTree) that sends the user an alert that they may be at risk of overeating.

    So let me get this straight: The bra essentially senses when you're freaking out? Shoot, I'd be getting text messages ALL the time.

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    A French manufacturer of Norlevo, which is a morning-after pill distributed in Europe that is similar to Plan B, has just issued a warning that the emergency contraception is ineffective for women who weigh more than 176 pounds. In fact, the pill is shown to begin losing its effectiveness in women who weigh more 165 pounds.

    Given the fact that the average weight of an American woman is 166 pounds (at 5 feet 3 inches), this news is going to affect a whole lot of women on this side of the Atlantic. American contraception companies may want to take some notes from their European counterparts and provide warning labels pronto. 

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    Most women I know are pretty grateful that modern medicine has afforded us the miracle of birth control, because it affords us a level of control over our bodies and destinies that our grandmothers and previous generations of women didn't have. But unfortunately, hormonal birth control comes with certain risks, and we're learning more of 'em every day! Get this -- now researchers are saying that birth control pills could make you go blind!

    Okay, not directly. A new study shows that women who have used birth control pills for more than three years are twice as likely to have glaucoma -- a leading cause of blindness. Faaaantastic!

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    Can we talk about condoms? We know you have questions. We've all heard they're incredibly effective in preventing pregnancy, and you probably know that they're the only contraception that also protects you from sexually-transmitted diseases like HIV and HPV. But what about all those other condom questions, the ones we're usually too embarrassed to ask?

    We brought all our awkward, offbeat, and newbie questions about condoms to sex therapist and host of CafeMom Studios' Mom-Ed: In the Bedroom, Dr. Logan Levkoff. And she's got answers for us! Here's everything you've ever wanted to know about condoms, and more. Because we want you to have safe and fun sexy times.

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    Guess how half of unintended pregnancies happen in America? Derr, I mean, I guess we already know how ALL pregnancies happen. I mean, what's stopping couples from using the protection they need to avoid making babies when they have sex? Apparently a lot of perfectly fertile women believe they can't get pregnant -- for a whole variety of self-deluded, wishful-thinking, totally clueless, and gullible reasons. Spoiler alert: We're usually wrong.

    Half of our nation's unintended pregnancies happen to the 10 percent of us who aren't using protection. A survey of 50 women seeking abortions showed that women don't use birth control because they think they are at low risk for pregnancy. And okay, fine, that's a really small sample. But come on, how many of us have friends and family members who truly believed they were sperm-proof until proven otherwise? Hell, some of you may be sheepishly raising your hands as well. Here are a few ways magical thinking can get you knocked up.

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