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Many women I speak to are surprised to learn that they can take birth control pills in their 40’s and early 50’s as long as there are no contraindications. Many women who are in Perimenopause, that is the time when there are a lot of menstrual irregularities, the start of hot flashes, night sweats and vaginal dryness, will benefit from taking a low dose birth control pill to help with their symptoms as well as provide contraception.
Fertility after 40
While fertility rates do decline after 40, if a woman is still having her period, even if it’s irregular, she can become pregnant. Contraception is advised if a woman does not want to become pregnant.
I prescribe a lot of birth control. A LOT. Not surprising – over 60% of college students use The Pill as a form a birth control, and they have to get it from somewhere, right?
There are some things I have to ask about when you come to me for a pill prescription. Medical history, smoking history, menstrual history, sexual history. And I’ll ask you whether you have a history of migraines.
Common response: “Not too often” – said chirpily, almost dismissively. So…that’s a yes, then?
As you may or may not have heard, “migraine” is not synonymous with “really bad headache”. (more…)
A: Women who are breastfeeding CAN and DO get pregnant all the time, so unless you want to add to your family again, by all means use birth control. Breastfeeding is NOT good birth control. (more…)
If you forgot 1 pill:
Take it as soon as you remember, and use a back up method of birth control for 3 days to be safe. You may notice some breakthrough bleeding or spotting for a few days.
If you forgot 2 pills in a row:
Take 2 pills as soon as you can, and 2 more the next day to catch up. Use a back up method of birth control for 3 days to be safe. You may notice some breakthrough bleeding or spotting for a few days. (more…)
The good news is that the vast majority are using contraception. In fact over 90% do use some form of protection or birth control. And yet, it’s estimated that over 25,000 couples have condom mishaps and an additional 700,000 are not protected AT ALL.
Each year there are about 3 million accidental (more…)
After you give birth, it’s recommended that you wait at least 3 weeks before re-starting the birth control pill, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
This advice is to help decrease the risk of serious complications such as blood clots. I agree, and want to add a bit more information for new moms. I encourage all of my patients to breastfeed their babies for 6-12 months if possible. This is the recommendation of the American Academy of Pediatrics. (more…)
Great Birth Control from Zero interest in Sex
I saw a patient this week who loves her birth control method. Hardly any cramping, light periods, reassurance that she’s protected, which are all beneficial. There was one thing that wasn’t working and that was her libido. She was wondering if her method of preventing pregnancy was preventing her from having any interest in sex. Could it be? she wondered.
Though this is a normal side effect for some women, thankfully it’s less than 10% of those who use the pill or the NuvaRing. Often switching pills will help. (more…)
Have you ever forgotten to take your birth control pill? What about trying to track down a condom and squinting in the dark to make sure it hasn’t expired? What about not having enough time to stop at the drug store to pick up a new pack of pills? And how many times, have you tried to remember the first day of your period so you can try to guestimate if you’re fertile?
Wouldn’t it be nice if we didn’t have to worry about birth control?
You know what? There are 2 options out there that can eliminate the day to day, month to month scrambling. (more…)