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Contraceptive Pearl: Misoprostol and IUD Insertion

Misoprostol and IUD Insertion Misoprostol, a synthetic prostaglandin, causes cervical dilation and has multiple uses in obstetrics and abortion. Can misoprostol help with IUD insertion, as well? Research has shown that misoprostol self-administered before IUD insertion in nulliparous women did not ease IUD insertion or reduce patient-perceived pain. In fact, several studies found that patients who…

Contraceptive Pearl: Sex, Education and Taking Sexual History of Teens

Seventy percent of teens report having had intercourse by their 19th birthday. However, 41% of teens aged 18-19 report that they know little or nothing about condoms, and 75% report that they know little or nothing about the contraceptive pill. This Contraceptive Pearl coves how best to talk to teens about contraception.

Contraceptive Pearl: IUDs for Teens

The United States has one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the developed world. This Contraceptive Pearl demonstrates how IUDs can be a good contraceptive option for teens.

Contraceptive Pearl: Headaches and Hormonal Contraception

Women with migraine headaches have a higher risk of stroke – migraine with aura raises the risk more – and estrogen-containing contraceptives raise the risk of stroke even further. May women with migraine headaches take estrogen-containing birth control?

Contraceptive Pearl: Permanent Birth Control Options

For patients who don’t want to have more children, there are several permanent birth control options available: tubal ligation and hysteroscopic sterilization for women, and vasectomy for men. This Contraceptive Pearl covers the pros and cons of each option.

Contraceptive Pearl: IUD Duration

IUDs are a great type of long-lasting contraception, and each type of IUD lasts for a different amount of time. Find out the duration of different kinds of IUDs in this Contraceptive Pearl.