Vulvodynia is not associated with oral contraceptives: new study

Vulvodynia is a chronic pain condition of the vulva that affects between 3 and 15% of women. What makes vulvodynia particularly challenging is the cause is unknown and even the mechanism of the pain itself has not been well elucidated. For that reason, like many inadequately studied conditions, there are a myriad of therapies and […]

Sandra Fluke’s information about the pill and ovarian cysts is wrong and why it matters

Sandra Fluke is once again under attack. This time by Representative Joe Walsh. She responded in the Huffington Post to Rep Walsh, writing: I testified before members of Congress not because “I wanted the American people to pay for my contraception,” but because I wanted the private insurance that women pay for themselves to cover […]

How many birth control pills do women really miss a month?

While oral contraceptives (birth control pills) remain the most popular reversible method of contraception in the United States, incorrect use is unfortunately common. In fact, one million unintended pregnancies occur every year from pill user failure. Unintended.mistimed pregnancies are a serious health issue in the United States. The public cost is more than $11 billion […]

Birth control pills may be $9 a pack at Target, but that’s not the point

In the wake of the discussion about contraception and whether insurers should have the right to deny coverage based on religious or moral beliefs many newspapers and bloggers have jumped on the cost of generic birth control pills at Target and Wal-Mart: $9 a pack. Someone even posted, in reference to Sandra Fluke at Georgetown, […]

Bariatric surgery and contraception: what you need to know

Contraception is essential after bariatric surgery. As an obese woman starts to lose weight, her chances of getting pregnancy increase (obesity negatively affects fertility for many women). Depending on your method of contraception and the type of weight loss procedure you may need to make some contraception changes after surgery. The big issue is wether […]

What is the best method of birth control?

Now that co-payments are (hopefully) falling by the wayside for birth control, it’s time to think less about cost and more about failure rates, because not all methods of birth control are equal. There are many factors to consider when choosing a method of birth control. Some people dislike the idea of hormones while others […]

Fact or fiction: Does the pill cause weight gain?

It’s something OB/GYNs hear time after time. “I don’t want the pill. I read that it causes weight gain.” Is that fact or fiction? The problem with answering this question is the pill is often started around a time when there is life changes…starting college, entering a new relationship, so it is hard to know […]