Category Archives: Contraception

Peak Fertility Days

Women are fertile about 4-5 days a month- assuming ovulation occurs every month. Women are only fertile if they ovulate (this may seem obvious but I have been asked this question many, many times over the years).   During the time of ovulation, an egg is released from the ovaries and is available for fertilization for […]

Newer Birth Control Pills More Likely to Lead to Blood Clots

A new study reports that birth control pills containing drospireone- found in the birth control Yaz and Yasmin- may carry a higher risk of blood clots than older birth control pills. All oral contraceptives increase risks for blood clots. These newer pills, however, increase the risk of blood clots from 43% to 65%. The authors […]

Can birth control pills affect memory?

It’s been awhile since I’ve written anything. My lack of writing has more to do with schedule and life than for lack of noteworthy research.  But this research is so interesting it brought me back to you. This study suggests that women on birth control pills have more of a tendency to remember the gist […]

New Birth Control with Added Folate

The FDA has just approved a new birth control pill, “Beyaz”, which contains a form of Folate. Birth control pills are known to deplete: Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) Pyridoxine (Vitamin B6) Folate Vitamin B12 Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) Zinc Please see my previous posted article on “Birth Control Pills Can Deplete Vitamins” for further information. Technically, […]

Birth Control Pills Deplete Vitamins & Minerals

More often than not, birth control pills are prescribed without a proper “pros and cons” discussion.  For women taking oral contraceptive pills, the pros are obvious: light, predictable and easy menstrual cycles. It is unfortunate, however, that side effects are rarely discussed prior to prescription. In addition to a hormonal effect that inhibits the natural […]

A New Emergency Contraceptive Pill

A new emergency contraceptive pill, currently only available in Europe, is showing to be more effective than the widely used Levonorgestrel (also known as Plan B). This report, published in the Lancet, concluded that Ulipristal Acatate, known as ellaOne, is not only more effective at preventing pregnancy than Plan B, but its effectiveness lasts up […]