Category Archives: Contraceptives

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Birth Control Pills May be Helpful in Preventing Certain Cancers

There are many benefits to birth control pills, way beyond preventing pregnancy. New research shows that taking the birth control pill might have another benefit that we don’t think of as ofte as we should…… Protection against cancer.

The American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology published a newly released study showing that, taking birth control pills may help prevent certain forms of cancer. The University of Aberdeen followed 46,000 women over the course of up to 44 years. This has been the longest running study ever in regarding oral contraceptives.

Studies show that pill users were less likely to develop colorectal, endometrial, and ovarian cancers than those who had never taken the pill. Researchers discovered that one in three women taking the pill “during their reproductive years” were protected from developing ovarian and endometrial cancers, while one in five were protected from colorectal cancer.
Conducting such a long running study of 44 years allowed a true and accurate evaluation of women taking oral contraceptives and women that have never taken oral contraceptives.

Clearly the benefits of taking oral contraceptives last well beyond a woman’s reproductive years. However, as the American Cancer Society notes, taking birth control pills could also slightly increase risk for breast and cervical cancer. You should discuss with your provider the risks and benefits of any birth control that you are considering and decide together which method is best for you.

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Long Term Birth Control – IUD Growing in Popularity

If used correctly, the pill and condoms are very reliable birth control methods. Unfortunately, they are not always used correctly. Women often make mistakes when it comes to birth control, so more often doctors are recommending IUD’s as the most effective reversible birth control method because they are effortless.

The T-shaped implants are more reliable than other birth control methods because once inserted they require little to no follow-up care. There are multiple devices on the market that can be inserted from 3-10 years. The IUD has now become the most effective form of birth control for patient’s seeking long-term options.

A healthcare provider inserts the T-shaped rod into your uterus. Once it’s in, women have a less than 1% chance of getting pregnant for up to 10 years, without a second thought.

IUD’s are safe and effective for girls and women of all ages. Although costly, ranging from $ 600-$ 1200, consider they last up to 10 years.

All in all the IUD is a reliable, effortless, affordable long-term reversible birth control option.

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Christian Non-Profits will not have to comply with ObamaCare Birth Control Mandate

Federal appeals courts ruled against ObamaCare’s birth control mandate.  This decision  could invite a Supreme Court review.

The Court of Appeals ruled that four Christian nonprofits should not have to comply with the ObamaCare rule that all employer healthcare plans include contraception options or face a fee. While employers can seek exemptions to the law, the court argued that doing so poses a “substantial burden” on that organization’s religious rights.

This decision directly contradicts another federal court’s ruling. The Supreme Court already has several cases involving the birth control mandate it could take up in its fall term.

Conservatives were quickly praised the decision, which reignites a long battle against the ObamaCare rule.

The ruling includes 30 references to Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, the 2014 Supreme Court case that allowed certain for-profit companies to opt out of the mandate. Since that decision, multiple nonprofits, including universities, have taken legal action demanding to be granted the same permissions.

Under ObamaCare, employer healthcare plans are required to cover all federally approved forms of birth control. That includes, as the court notes, emergency contraception that some religious organizations believe is “functionally equivalent to abortion on demand.”  This decision could greatly affect women working for religious organizations.

Groups can apply to receive an exemption by writing a letter to the Health and Human Services Department or filling out a two-page form to document their objections. Houses of worships are automatically exempt from the law.

 

“As all of the other seven courts of appeals to address this issue have held, the contraceptive accommodation process strikes the proper balance between ensuring women have equal access to health care and protecting religious beliefs,” the spokeswoman said.

Most Commonly Used Birth Control Methods

The birth control pill remains one of the most popular methods of birth control for women, along with female sterilization and condoms.

Among the two-thirds of women aged 15 to 44 who used birth control, approximately 16 percent used the pill.

 Female sterilization commonly known as tying of tubes,  is where women have their fallopian tubes closed or blocked.  This method was used by 15.5 percent of women, while 9.4 percent used male condoms, according to the report published in December by the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).

But intrauterine devices (IUDs) and implants, both types of long-acting reversible contraceptives, are also very common forms of birth control, with 7.2 percent of women using them.  The use of long-term birth control continues to grow in popularity.  Their use has nearly doubled in the past several years.

The most popular long-acting reversible contraception is the IUD, used by 3-4%  of women in 2006 to 2010 and by 6-7% of women in 2011 to 2013. The IUDs available in the United States include two hormonal versions, Mirena and Skyla, and one containing copper, ParaGard.

When IUDs came out years ago, there were concerns they might raise the risk of pelvic infection and jeopardize a woman’s fertility. But IUDs currently on the market don’t carry those risks.  They have become a wonderful option for women seeking long-term birth control.

Equally, if not more important than birth control is protecting women and their partners from contracting STI’s.  The only methods currently avaiable that protect from pregnancy as well as Sexually transmitted diseases (STI’s) are the male and female condoms.

Ideally there will eventually be a long term birth control method that protects women and their partners from pregnancy and from STI’s.