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Contraceptives: What You Need to Know

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I was talking with one of my lady friends the other day and she suggested that I might want to explore this topic of birth control and contraceptives.

'There’s a lot of misinformation out there about it and women are faced with a lot of choices that might at first glance seem viable, but on further research, may not be.’

Wow, I feel for you. That cannot be an easy ticket, so I thought I’d venture to explore some of what it is you need to know when it comes to, well, your special lady parts...

Contraceptive Risks

Blood Clots

There are some newer forms of birth control and contraceptives that are actually believed to increase wonderful things like blood clots and the risk thereof. There was a new study recently released by the FDA where the medical history of nearly a million US women who were on some form of birth control over a 6 year period, from 2001 to 2007, was taken. The study found that women who were taking the Bayer pill ‘Yaz’ were at a much higher rate of blood clots than women taking older types of contraceptives or birth control drugs.

In case you’re wondering what the danger of a blood clot is: Your blood isn’t supposed to clot when its running through your veins and arteries. If a blood clot blocks a coronary artery that feeds your heart muscle, you suffer a heart attack. If a blood clot blocks blood to the brain, you suffer a stroke; two conditions that will definitely not put more kink into things when you try to get your groove on. There are other risks to birth control in general, some of which are excessive weight gain or loss and decreased libido...

Heart Attack and Lower Libido

That last one seems to be a real bummer, but I suppose if I had to choose between doing the heart attack or the lower libido deck dance, I’d have to go for the latter... The FDA also pointed out in the study that the patch put out by Ortho Evra (Johnson & Johnson) and the Nuvaring vaginal ring (Merck & Co. Inc.) were found to earn a place in the ‘higher complications’ category.

What You Need to Know About Contraceptives 

The bottom line here is that is important to get your information from more than one source and then get a second and third opinion. Birth control and contraceptives by its very nature is a personal choice and it shouldn’t be solely based on what your friends are doing because everyone’s body chemistry is different. Check with your doctor and then re-check. Planned Parenthood has a very comprehensive page on methods, but upon checking the site, the Ortho Evra patch was listed, as was the Nuvaring, which just goes to show, the more extensively you research your own best option, the more effectively you can eliminate those options that might potentially kill you. The FDA has a meeting set for later this month to explore the results further, so be on the lookout for their findings.

A good place to start your research is with your personal physician. If your doc is worth their salt, they will be up on all the latest research and studies and can guide you to your best options. There are many places that can be helpful in formulating questions you might not have thought about when it comes to contraceptives, one of which is womenshealth.gov.

For more tips and advice, please visit Holmes World Media.

And another thing, I know Siri is a very cool woman, but don’t rely on her advice to the exclusivity of all others :-)

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