This is the section where we post articles written by your fellow Providers to keep you informed about the latest developments in birth control and healthcare for young women. Speaking of your fellow Providers, allow the Chair of our Medical Advisory Group, Dr. Eve Espey, to welcome you to Bedsider Providers.
Got an idea for an article? Contact us if you're interested in contributing.
Here are the topics we've tackled so far:
- Deciding on emergency contraception How can health care providers help patients make the best decision they can for their emergency contraception?
- No more fainting in your practice It happens all the time, just as you are preparing to place an IUD, your patient faints.The good news is that if you are alert to the signs of an impending vagal, you can almost always prevent loss of consciousness.
- Contraception as empowerment Using birth control should not be reactionary.
- Birth control when you're living with HIV/AIDS The 1.1 million people in the U.S. living with HIV or AIDS may have heard that their choices of birth control are limited. The good news is that many methods—including some of the most effective ones—should still work well for them. So let's talk details.
- Open enrollment is over: Can you still get covered? Your patients may not know that certain life changes mean they’re eligible to get health insurance (including coverage of their birth control with no out-of-pocket costs!) before open enrollment starts again. Read on to find out more about the options.
- Is birth control info missing from chronic condition care? Women with chronic health conditions have more medical visits—but are they getting the birth control info they need?
- Got a health condition? Know your birth control options! Period problems, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, breast cancer... There’s a method that can work for your patient. Read on for more details.
- IUDs, STIs, and PID: What's the deal? Some health care providers refuse to give young women or women without children an IUD for fear of STIs and PID. Science tells us that this is just plain wrong: women can safely use an IUD regardless of age or how many babies they’ve had.
- Hello, Skyla! Getting to know the newest IUD. Birth control has many wonderful qualities—but being one-size-fits-all isn’t one of them. So when a new birth control option becomes available—especially one that's long-acting and super-effective—it's kind of a big deal.
- Abuse by birth control sabotage. About twelve years ago, I was working as a doctor in a clinic in California. A young woman came in and requested a pregnancy test. Her test was negative. I asked her if she wanted to be pregnant: “No.” Was she using birth control? “No.”
- Earth Day Reminder: Birth Control is Green! We applaud anyone who wants to keep the environment in mind while choosing a birth control method. But before your patient discounts all hormonal methods make sure they have the facts: Any birth control is better than no birth control when it comes to helping the planet.
- IUDs are OK: The best new birth control has been here all along. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists—an association whose members make up 90% of doctors specializing in women’s health in the U.S.—just declared IUDs safe for women of all ages.