CategoryReproductive Health

The Progesterone-Only Pill: What to Expect

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The progesterone-only pill (POCP or ‘mini-pill’) is an oral contraceptive that can be used by women who aren’t able to use the usual combined progesterone and estrogen pill due to headaches, high blood pressure, blood clots or other conditions. The main ‘drawback’ of progesterone in this form is that it needs to be taken at the same time (or roughly the same time)...

Birth Control Pills Without a Prescription?

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In what will undoubtedly be seen as a controversial report, the gatekeepers of oral contraception in America – the influential American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) – recently recommended that birth control pills should be sold over the counter, without a prescription. This theoretically shouldn’t be controversial; doctors have been arguing for this since 1968. As drugs...

Intrauterine Devices (IUDs) Are the Most Effective Form of Emergency Contraception

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Unintended pregnancies are pregnancies that are unplanned or unwanted at the time of conception. It is estimated that as many as 41 percent of the 208 million worldwide pregnancies in 2008 were unintended. These pregnancies can be associated with increased risk for both the mother and infant; lack of preconception planning and prenatal care can lead to behaviors linked to birth defects, including...

Donating Sperm: What to Expect When Giving Sperm

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Donating sperm is one of those controversial topics that has a lot going for it, but also a lot of contention surrounding it. There are many reasons to be a sperm donor, but also many reasons not too, and at the same time there are many aspects that we aren’t completely familiar with. Here we will look at what it means to donate sperm and whether or not you should get involved. What Is an...

Causes of Low Sperm Count

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Quite often the cause of infertility in couples doesn’t rest with the woman but in the fact that a male has, for some reason, low sperm count. There are a number of factors which could contribute to the problem, some of which may be temporary while others may be permanent. If you have been trying to conceive without success, then it is a simple matter of testing your sperm count to see if there...

When Is a Woman Most Fertile?

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Most often a woman would like to know when she is most fertile because she is planning on getting pregnant. However, the reverse is often true as well! Sometimes a woman wants to know when she is most fertile in order not to get pregnant. In either case, it is necessary to understand the menstrual cycle in order to answer the question, when is a woman most fertile? Once you understand fertility...

Top Causes of Infertility in Men and Women

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There are some couples who try and try and just cannot seem to get pregnant no matter what they do. The sad truth is that infertility is an issue that can affect anyone, no matter what age or gender they may be. There are a number of things that can go wrong in the female and male reproductive systems to cause infertility. Some of these things are permanent and there is nothing that can be done...

How to Know If the IUD Is Right for You

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The IUD (Intrauterine device) is a small T shaped device that is inserted into the uterus by a doctor. This device works by preventing the sperm from reaching the egg, thereby preventing conception. This method of birth control is often chosen by women who are looking for a reversible, affordable and dependable form of birth control. Because the IUD can last anywhere from 5 to 10 years depending...

Depo-Provera – What Is Depo-Provera?

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There are many different types of birth control methods on the market today but one of the most common is called Depo-Provera, also known as DMPA. This is an injectable form of contraceptive. It is commonly referred to as the birth control shot or Depo shot. Many women enjoy the convenience of using this particular method of birth control because it does not have to be taken everyday and this...

Seasonale Vs Seasonique – Birth Control Pills

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There are many different types of contraception that people use. Among the most popular is the oral birth control pill. The reason for this seems to be because it is the most effective form. In addition, it can help to cut the risk of serious health concerns such as ovarian cancer and osteoporosis in half. However, choosing a pill can be quite overwhelming as there are at least fifty different...

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