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.

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Here are the topics we've tackled so far:

  • 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 you.

  • 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 use an eco-filter to choose a method. But before you ditch your pill, make sure you have the facts right. And remember: 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.