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How Does Alcohol Effect Birth Control?

Most adults in the U.S. will drink alcohol at least once in their lifetime. 56% of all U.S. adults report drinking alcohol within the past month. The good news for women who use birth control to prevent conception is that alcohol does not have a direct impact on birth control effectiveness. But, alcohol use can […]

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How Much Does Birth Control Cost?

The cost of birth control and who should pay for contraceptives has been part of a heated national debate for years. Unfortunately, there isn’t an end in sight to the debate, but there are many contraceptive options for women and men that are both affordable and readily available in every state of the U.S. The […]

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Using Birth Control for Acne Treatment

How Does Birth Control Treat and Prevent Acne Breakouts? Millions of people suffer from painful and embarrassing acne breakouts. Unfortunately, acne breakouts can happen at any time during a person’s life, not just during their teenage years. Unfortunately for some people, they will never grow out of acne, and acne can even get worse as […]

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Weight Gain and Birth Control

Does Birth Control Cause Weight Gain? Millions of women in the U.S. take hormonal birth control to prevent unintended pregnancy and alleviate adverse health conditions and side effects. There are many different types of birth control, and every woman will respond differently to each one. For hormonal contraceptive methods, there are a few birth control […]

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What Happens When you Stop Taking Birth Control

What Happens When You Stop Taking Birth Control? Many women start taking birth control in their teens and may continue taking it for a decade or more. One of the biggest reasons a woman may stop taking birth control is to conceive. But hormonal birth control methods such as the pill, IUD, patch, ring, and […]

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Risks of Smoking and Birth Control

What are the Risks of Smoking While Using Birth Control? The Surgeon General first issued tobacco-related health warnings in 1964. That was the year cigarette smoking peaked in the U.S., with 42% of adults using cigarettes and tobacco-related products. Fortunately, cigarette smoking has decreased dramatically since those first warnings were issued. 37.8 million U.S. adults […]

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Mood Swings, Hormones, and Birth Control: What to Know

How to Use Birth Control to Regulate Hormones and Diminish Mood Swings About 16% of U.S. women of reproductive age use hormonal birth control pills to prevent pregnancy. But, 7% of those women use hormonal birth control pills strictly for health reasons. Although the pill is highly effective at preventing unintended pregnancy, it offers numerous […]

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Menopause and Birth Control

Menopause and Birth Control: When Is It Time to Quit? Menopause can be a distressing, confusing time for many women. It’s a natural part of life, and there is no way to know when it will start and exactly when it will end because every woman is different. So when is menopause really over, and […]

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Birth Control Effectiveness: What Method Works Best?

Birth Control Effectiveness: What Methods Work Best? In today’s modern age, many different types of birth control can fit within anyone’s lifestyle, budget, or health needs. Ancient Mesopotamian recordings of spermicides and cervical caps date back as far as 1850 BC. Despite the relatively recent invention of the birth control pill, contraceptive methods have been […]

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Birth Control and Depression

Can Birth Control Help Treat Depression? Millions of people in the U.S. suffer from major clinical depression. Unfortunately, women of reproductive age have a higher risk of experiencing depressive symptoms than men or any other age group. There is no one single cause of depression, but a combination of genetic, environmental, temperamental, and biochemical factors […]

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