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Bad News for Diaphragm Lovers

Looks like one of the most common diaphragms on the U.S. market, the Ortho All-Flex, is a goner. Once upon a time, in the mid-1900s, the diaphragm was a very popular form of birth control—but today…

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How Long to Detox From Fish Before Pregnancy?

Mothers' increased consumption of fish before and during pregnancy leads to increased exposure to both mercury and the long-chain omega 3 DHA. Mercury may negatively affect brain development in one's …

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Fertility Awareness: The Lesser-Known Birth Control

Understanding your body's natural cycles can be useful for getting pregnant--and for avoiding pregnancy. Contrary to popular myth, pregnancy is not possible every time a woman has sex. With a littl…

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NuvaRing Risks: Separating Hype from Fact

Lately the ring has been making headlines—and some of the stories the articles tell are downright scary. Vanity Fair's piece, titled "Why Is Potentially Lethal Contraceptive NuvaRing Still on the Mark…

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What These Birth Control Methods Do to Your Hormones

At the most basic level, a hormone is a chemical made in one part of a living thing that travels around and affects other parts of that thing. Hormones are as old as the hills, and probably evolved wh…

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6 Things Women Should Know About Health Care

If someone asked me a month ago what a “well-woman visit” is, I would have posited that it’s the magical time of year when you visit your gynecologist and he or she pokes around in your vagina. (Then …

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How Seafood Can Impact Brain Development

In my video Fish Intake Associated With Brain Shrinkage, I discussed evidence suggesting that mercury exposure through fish intake during pregnancy may decrease the size of the newborn’s brain. Howeve…

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The Scary Reason Pregnant Women Should Avoid Fish

All fish contain small amounts of methylmercury, the most toxic form of mercury, and "fish consumption represents the main source of methylmercury exposure." In my videos Nerves of Mercury and Fish Fo…

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5 Tips for Making Sex and Birth Control Less Awkward

I recently hit the streets of New York with a big sign that said “Let’s Talk About Sex.” As the granddaughter of a southern woman who avoided even saying the word—she would say ‘seg’ if she absolutely…

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11 Things You Really Need to Know About Caffeine

Is caffeine good or bad for your health?  It may come down to who you are and what your health is like. Before you decide if that coffee, tea, or energy drink habit is right for you, consider the foll…

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