Birth control when you’re living with HIV/AIDS
Taking medication for HIV? Here's what you should know to avoid an accidental pregnancy.
If you are one of the 1.1 million people in the U.S. living with HIV or AIDS, you might have heard that your 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 you. What you can use depends on whether you are taking anti-retroviral medicine (a.k.a. ARVs) and what your overall health is like. So let’s talk details.read the full article »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.
There is an effective birth control option for everyone—including those with health conditions like heavy or irregular periods, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, or breast cancer. Some methods can actually help treat certain conditions. Let’s look at six fairly common medical conditions and the birth control methods that are best for each.
read the full article »IUDs, STIs, and PID: What’s the deal?
Contrary to popular myth, modern IUDs don't cause pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).
There’s a lot of conflicting information out there about the relationship between these three very important acronyms related to women’s health: <a>intrauterine devices (IUDs), sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and a serious infection called pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). Some health care providers with out-of-date information refuse to give young women or women without children an IUD for fear of STIs and PID. As we’ve pointed out before, 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.
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