We are commonly asked about the effectiveness of Birth Control. And specifically, does oral contraception work? Here are a few answers to your questions. Studies have found that, used as recommended, oral contraception is 91 percent to 99 percent effective in preventing pregnancy. However, that still means there is a very small risk of pregnancy. In most instances, however, women who become pregnant while taking oral contraceptives either miss one or more doses; take a dose at a time different from their normal time (i.e., in the evening instead of the morning); take medications (such as antibiotics) that interfere with the effectiveness of birth control in your body; or have unprotected intercourse too soon after starting their oral contraceptive. If you begin taking birth control pills within six days of the first day of your period, it's effective immediately. If you start at any other time, however, you need to take it for a full month before it's effective, and you must use another form of birth control until you've completed one full cycle of pills. While no method of contraception other than sterilization is 100 percent effective against pregnancy, the more precautions you take, the less likely you are to get pregnant. Plus, if you are not in a long-term, monogamous relationship, your partner should be using a condom to protect you both against sexually transmitted diseases. Talk to your physician for more information about contraception options and questions.
When it comes to women’s health, we are here to help. One common problem affecting women is endometriosis. Endometriosis affects the uterus and causes a kind of tissue that normally lines the uterus to grow somewhere else within a woman's body. It can grow on the ovaries, behind the uterus, on the bowels or even on a bladder. And in rare cases it can grow on other body parts as well. This often considered “misplaced tissue” can cause pain, infertility and heavy periods. Some women experience no pain or symptoms at all, but others generally experience pain in the abdomen, lower back and pelvic areas. And regularly, having problems getting pregnant can be the first sign a woman has that she even has endometriosis. The cause of endometriosis is unknown, but pain medicines, hormones, and last resort, surgery can be done to help treat it. If you are experiencing symptoms, ask your doctor for more information about endometriosis.
A woman's health is constantly changing and making sure you stick to a health regimen that is consistent with your age is very important. For example, pap smears are recommended once per year for women under age 30 and in different increments as women age. Obviously there are several factors included and each woman is different, but as women age different screenings and procedures are recommended, including a mammogram. A mammogram is equally as important as a woman ages. Mammograms have been shown to lower the risk of dying from breast cancer by 35% in women over the age of 50, due to early detection, only seen by a mammogram. The value of mammography in women 40 and over has been proven and has helped with early detection of breast cancer. A mammogram can identify an abnormality in breast tissue that could be cancerous. Detecting breast cancer early with mammography has also allowed many more women to be treated and has decreased the number of mastectomies among women 40 and over. See your physician today for a women’s wellness exam to find out if you should be receiving a regular mammogram.