Starting Hormonal Birth Control? Here’s How to Reduce the Side Effects

“I’ve been considering starting hormonal birth control, but I’m concerned about the side effects,” Natasha shared in her first visit. Like many women considering hormonal birth control, she wasn’t ready to start a family and she felt apprehensive that other methods would work for her. “It’s true that just like your natural hormones, synthetic hormones can affect every system in …

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The Contraception Guide

Information about contraception can make your head spin. There are so many kinds of birth control available today (yay!), and what works for one woman may not work for another. In my work with patients I’ve always advocated for an individualized review of risks and benefits so that each woman can choose the best form of birth control for her …

Bacterial Vaginosis Symptoms & 5 Natural Treatments

Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is a common vaginal infection that affects women in their reproductive years. It is caused by the overgrowth of normal bacteria found in the vagina. While many women don’t have symptoms, others can experience unpleasant symptoms as well, such as unusual discharge, itching and a fishy odor.  In this article, I’ll break down exactly what BV is, …

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Is Post Birth Control Syndrome Real?

I am not anti-birth control. In fact, I used the pill for a decade myself and am grateful I had access to it. Today was a very important day here in the United States, it was our day to have our voice be heard and cast a ballot that could forever move women’s health care forward. And interestingly, I was …

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Post-Birth Control Syndrome Acne Solutions

Acne is a common reason women start birth control & it is a big reason women are fearful of coming off. Post-birth control syndrome acne can show up anywhere—your face, your chest, your neck, your back, and even your booty can present with pimples. PBCS acne is common, even if you never had acne before starting birth control. And it …

Does Birth Control Affect Fertility?

“I thought all I had to do was stop the pill and I’d be pregnant the next month,” Janie shared with me in her first visit. “My doctor assured me that the pill wouldn’t cause any fertility issues. Does birth control affect fertility?,” she asked. There is emerging evidence that hormonal birth control, like the pill, can negatively impact fertility for …

How Do Birth Control Pills Work

I don’t know about you, but I wasn’t told how the pill worked until my final years on it. And what did I care? I just didn’t want painful periods or a baby and the pill promised to deliver on both accounts. But I had to wonder as I entered medical school, “just how do birth control pills work?” And …

Mirena Side Effects and Other IUD Concerns

Mirena side effects can seriously disrupt your mood, your hormones, and your life. In this article I am going to share with you what you should know before you place that IUD and what you should look out for if you already have a hormonal IUD.   Benefits of Mirena While there are some serious side effects and complications associated …

Birth Control and Mood Swings

Can Birth Control Cause Mood Swings? We all know someone who swears that birth control completely wrecked their mood. Whether it was making them feel anxious, depressed or like a crazy, jealous mad woman, there’s no denying there’s a link between birth control and mood swings or mood changes. And maybe you were one of those people. I know I …