Saturday March 8, 2014
Daylight Saving Time goes into effect (in the US) on Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 2 a.m. So, make sure you remember to "spring forward" and set your clocks one hour ahead. In anticpation for the time change, Julianna, a concerned subscriber to my Contraception Newsletter, emailed me a question about Daylight Saving Time and her birth control pill, so incase any of you are wondering the same thing, here is Julianna's question:
I take my birth control pill (Yaz) at 6:00 AM every day. When we have to set the clock ahead an hour for Daylight Saving Time, what do I do? Do I take it at 7:00 AM (the time that WOULD have been 6:00 AM)? Or can I continue to take it at my normal time?
Wednesday March 5, 2014
I'd like to give some attention to a comment I read from Delia in response to the idea of using the pill to skip your period:
"Anything that interrupts a life cycle has to be dangerous. A menstrual period is the way a woman's body gets rid of what is necessary to sustain good health. Anything that prevents that can only be harmful ...let's use our heads and be smart."
Delia's comment reflects a common misconception about the safety of using birth control pills to skip periods or lessen the frequency of them. Read More...
Sunday March 2, 2014
It seems that sometimes even merely discussing the notion of abstinence is met with reactions suggesting that you are living in the dark ages! The FACT of the matter is that abstinence is the only form of birth control that is 100% effective (both in preventing pregnancies and most sexually transmitted infections).
It is also a fact that practicing abstinence takes self-control and responsibility. Yet, ultimately, it is your decision to choose abstinence -- you are the one in control, and you always have the choice to decide to hold off from having a sexual relationship. Abstinence is not unrealistic, yet it is also not as simple as just proclaiming that you will not have sex. Read More...
Tuesday February 25, 2014
Are you using a combination hormonal contraceptive? Before you pop your pill in your mouth each day, insert your NuvaRing every month or change your patch each week, have you ever stopped to think how these methods work? All of these methods of contraception are super effective because they contain a synthetic estrogen.
Specifically, the ethinyl estradiol in hormonal birth control has been specially formulated over the years. Read More...