Rebecca Sue Uranga


Pregnancy: First Prenatal Visit

Your first prenatal visit is likely to be more extensive than later prenatal checks. Your doctor will take your medical history and do a complete physical exam. Medical history Your medical history helps your doctor plan the best possible care for your pregnancy and childbirth. It includes: Your menstrual history…

Birth Control Hormones: The Pill

What are combination pills? Combination pills are used to prevent pregnancy. Most people call them “the pill.” Combination pills release a regular dose of two hormones, estrogen and progestin. They prevent pregnancy in a few ways. They thicken the mucus in the cervix. This makes it hard for sperm to travel into the…

Birth Control: Pros and Cons of Hormonal Methods

The following tables list some pros and cons of using hormonal birth control methods. Combination pills, skin patch, or vaginal ring (estrogen plus progestin) Pros Cons No interruption of foreplay or intercourse Reduced bleeding and cramping with periods, which lowers the risk of anemia Fewer or no periods Reduced pain…

What to Do About Missed or Skipped Birth Control Pills

Birth control methods have high rates of effectiveness if they are used consistently. Follow your health professional’s instructions on what to do if you miss or skip your birth control pills. Some general guidelines are listed here. Combination (estrogen plus progestin) birth control pills Always read the pill label…

IUD Insertion

Before having an intrauterine device (IUD) inserted, you will probably have: A pregnancy test, especially if you have not been using an effective method of birth control, have been sexually active in the past month, and are not having your menstrual period at the time of the procedure. Testing for sexually transmitted…