Americans’ use of supplements, prescriptions and over the counter (OTC) medications has been steadily increasing over the past couple of years. This increase can sometimes put patients at risk for complications and interactions. Believe it or not, a lot of over-the-counter medications can actually interact with your prescription medications (and affect how they work) without you even realizing it. 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.
This week the governor of Oregon signed a bill that will allow women 18 and older to receive birth control at their local pharmacy without needing prescription from a doctor.
Effective January 1, 2016, Oregon pharmacists will be able to prescribe and dispense oral (pills) and topical (patches) birth control to patients 18 years of age and older.
Oregon, along with California, is among the first states to pass such a bill, and they may pave the way for easier access to pregnancy preventing contraceptives across the country. See More
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
Medications that increase health care costs without improving care are silly, and doctors love to hate ‘em. “PharManure” is the brilliant term used to describe these medications. Here is a list my colleagues and I love to hate:
Some of the newer popular birth control pills with a different type of progesterone are associated with an increased risk of blood clot in the leg. You need to care about this, not just because you have seen TV commercials and warning ads, but because a blood clot – deep venous thrombosis (DVT) – can break off and travel to the lung where it is called a pulmonary embolism. That can be fatal. There is also a question of increased risk of clots in arteries with these birth control pills, which can lead to cardiovascular events. See More
Today I saw a 24-year-old patient who landed her first job a year ago. Her OB/GYN had prescribed Beyaz as an oral contraceptive for her and she was paying $95 a month to fill it, she told me with tears in her eyes. “Are there other options?” she asked. Oh yeah, there are.