Last month, the Trump administration rolled back part of the Obamacare contraception mandate, making it no longer mandatory for employers to cover the full cost of birth control on grounds of religious freedom. 55 million women who received free birth control since 2012 are now at risk of losing it. Employers are now free to remove birth control coverage from their employee insurance offerings, and hundreds of thousands of women might be at risk of losing free birth control. See More
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In clinic conversations with young women, I am always surprised by the amount of misinformation out there on oral contraceptives—aka birth control pills.
So let’s clear some things up. Here are the 10 most common myths I hear about birth control pills, and the facts that contradict them.
- Myth 1: “They will make me gain weight.” Many women believe that oral birth control causes weight gain. Please know that with the lower dose pills we currently prescribe, weight gain is not a consistent finding. See More
In 2015, the governor of Oregon signed a bill (HB 2879) that would allow anyone 18 years of age and older to receive birth control from a pharmacist without a doctor’s prescription.
Now, as of January 1, 2016, Oregon pharmacists can officially prescribe and dispense birth control.
Oregon is the first state to pass such a bill—one that may pave the way for easier access to contraceptives.
Thirty percent of women who use contraception in the United States use oral contraceptives. Add to this women who use birth control pills for other medical conditions (polycystic ovary syndrome, heavy menstrual periods, ovarian cysts, etc) and imagine the number of women who may now be forced to pay cash for these medications.
On June 30th the Supreme Court decided that for-profit companies cannot be compelled to provide insurance coverage for contraception if doing so violates the religious beliefs of the company’s owners. See More
Many folks have heard the news, and seen ads on the side of buses: if you took oral contraceptives and have had a deep vein thrombosis (DVT), call some attorney’s number. The reason that a DVT is scary, as you know, is that it can break off and travel up to the lung where it is called a pulmonary embolism. Pulmonary emboli (PE) are dangerous, though when caught early they can be treated with blood thinners. See More