More than 75,000 women across North America have received the Essure contraceptive implant from Bayer Healthcare – a German manufacturer – since 2002. This birth control device has been touted as the only non-surgical method of birth control for women, using a thin metal spring coil that blocks sperm from reaching a women’s egg.
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Essure, an implantable birth control device, has been around for 13 years. Comprised of two tiny, metallic coils, it is meant to be an alternative to a tubal ligation. Inserted into the fallopian tubes, it comes with a hefty number of possible side effects, including short-term pain and bleeding after implantation, movement of the device into the lower abdomen or pelvis, and allergic reactions that can cause hives or itching.
Unintended pregnancy has been a serious problem in the past, but developments in health care and bills that require insurance companies to pay for contraception have helped these rates decline. Senator Patty Murray introduced another bill…
Just as we finished sharing the news on what Apple and Facebook are offering to their female employees, a new study shows that more women are, in fact, waiting to start their families. In fact, the new report shows that half of babies are now born to mother aged 30 or older, and one in five were born to women over 35. If the trend keeps growing, it may not be long before women pursuing motherhood before 25 are in the minority.
Silicon Valley giants Apple and Facebook are making an “investment” in their female employees with a game-changing health perk: egg freezing.
Changes in family structure aren’t a new concept in the United States, but as a new study suggests, the family unit is still shifting. Whereas just 30 years ago, the majority of couples having children were married, births among unmarried couples began to rise. The biggest recent jump came from 2006 to 2010, where cohabitating unions went from 41 percent to 58 percent.
Usual advice to women who use contraceptive pills, is that their fertility will resume soon as their cycle resumes to normal in a few months. But a new research in Denmark has found that while fertility may not be affected with the use of the pill, it may mask the reproductive status of a woman by suppressing the markers that indicate the ovarian age and onset of menopause.
All across the country, healthcare is changing. One of the biggest changes is the requirements placed on employers – not only do they have to provide insurance (or face penalties), they must also offer preventative care (care that extends to birth control options) free of charge.
With Thanksgiving behind us and Christmas just around the corner, many of us are already in full holiday swing. We’re prepping meal plans, shopping for gifts, organizing holiday itineraries, ordering wine, grocery shopping, wrapping, cooking, baking and more. According to a recent study, it’s all that hustle and bustle (along with some other factors) that half of all women are at risk for a hidden holiday consequence.
A new warning will soon be issued for a European-sold emergency contraceptive pill, Norlevo. According to manufacturers, the pill loses its effectiveness in women who weigh more than 165 pounds, and it’s completely ineffective in women who weigh more than 176 pounds.
Though many of us understand that certain drugs or medical procedures come with risks, we trust that those being marketed to consumers are at least relatively safe. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. One example seems to be Essure, a permanent birth control solution.
Though the morning-after pill will soon be available over-the-counter to all women, researchers say that better access isn’t going to solve the issue of unwanted pregnancies in America. And while the reason for this is still unknown, they do have a few ideas.