Blog Posts in December, 2006

  • Implanon™ New Highly Effective Contraceptive

    On July 17, 2006 the FDA approved one of the most effective hormonal contraceptives ever developed, called Implanon™. It is a flexible plastic rod the size of a matchstick that is put under the skin on the inner side of your upper arm. Implanon™ contains a hormone called etonogestrel also found in some birth control pills. Implanon™ prevents pregnancy for three years in several ...
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  • Improving Contraceptive Effectiveness

    Last month we mentioned the eye-opening statistic that half the pregnancies in the United States each year are unplanned. Theoretically birth control pills are 99% effective at preventing pregnancy, yet the real-world failure rate of 5% per year catches many couples by surprise. Here are some strategies you can use to improve these odds. Quick Start can be implemented with contraceptive pills, ...
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  • Preventing Premature Delivery of Babies

    Despite so many advances in obstetrical care, premature delivery and more importantly it’s consequences on the not so ready newborn remain a major challenge. 5-10% of babies are currently born prematurely, and account for the majority of serious newborn illness and death. Classic risk factor includes severe medical illnesses (like high blood pressure & diabetes), socioeconomic ...
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  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Test Improves PAP Smear Accuracy

    PAP smears have dramatically reduced the occurrence of cervical cancerby early identification of a pre-cancerous stage. This allows the opportunity to perform office treatments to remove them, thus preventing progression to invasive cancer. Despite this accomplishment, PAP smears have always been less than ideal. HPV is responsible for inducing the development of cervical cancer as well as warts. ...
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  • Proven PMS Remedies

    While many jokes have been made about Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS), it can be very debilitating. Changes in mood, especially irritability, is perhaps the most undesired of the variety of symptoms that an affected woman complains about and likewise people in her immediate circle. A few years ago this component even received its own psychiatric diagnosis, Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder. Usually at a ...
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