Understanding Birth Control
Our expert team of doctors and pharmacists receive many questions about Birth Control. Many of these questions are from individuals seeking information about Birth Control treatment, as well as dietary and lifestyle changes they can make to improve their Birth Control symptoms. The following questions deal with Birth Control treatments, lifestyle changes, and dietary advice. Click on the questions below to see the answers.
I just had my first child and am trying to decide on a method of birth control. My doctor mentioned that the intrauterine device (IUD) might be a good option. How is IUD birth control different from the pill?
I'm concerned about some of the possible side effects of the pill and am considering switching to a different form of birth control. Does the intrauterine device (IUD) have any risk of side effects?
I'm currently taking birth control pills and have been prescribed antibiotics to treat a sinus infection. I've heard that antibiotics can decrease the effectiveness of birth control pills. Is this true?
My doctor told me that an intrauterine device (IUD) is one of the most effective types of birth control. She also mentioned that two IUDs are available. How effective are the different types of IUDs?
I've heard that birth control pills increase the chances of stroke in people who smoke. Is this true? How much do birth control pills increase the risk of stroke?
I'm 28 years old and just married. My husband and I would like to wait a few years before having children, but are concerned about the long-term effects of birth control pills. We're considering an intrauterine device (IUD), because we've read that it is the most easily reversible form of birth control. How long after stopping the IUD will I be able to conceive?
My boyfriend and I had a "contraception malfunction" last night. We're not at all ready for children yet. What types of birth control can be used for emergency contraception?
I'm so sick and tired of my monthly visit from Aunt Flo! Is it possible for me to avoid my period altogether? If so, is it bad for my body?