More on Your New Contraceptive Guidelines
But the CDC issued some warnings, including some concerning birth control pills, the most popular form of contraception for American women. The pill may be less effective for women who have had one kind of weight-loss surgery because the procedure may leave them less able to absorb the active ingredient. An Issue of lower rates of effectiveness for all bigger gals has been suspected because of the dilution effects of women who are larger and have bigger blood volumes. So for those getting bariatric surgery, and if you don't loose completely: think about your risks for pregnancy if you are going to stick with the pill post surgery! Let's hope those surgeons are giving women some good advice!
Another warning was newly issued: They now caution specifically that women with inflammatory bowel disease have a higher risk of blood clots. Those women generally should not use the estrogen-containing form of the pill, which may further increase their risk. Since many alternatives without hormones or with progesterone alone do exist, there are alternatives. The CDC was responding specifically to the fact that these conditions, such as inflammatory bowel disease and rheumatoid arthritis, are more common in the US and that we needed guidelines of our own. And interestingly the guidelines highlight US Department of Health and Human Services recommends that infants be exclusively breastfed during the first 4--6 months of life, preferably for a full 6 months. Ideally, breastfeeding should continue through the first year of life.
CDC officials say women should talk to their doctors with questions about contraception.
About half of U.S. pregnancies are unintended, according to CDC statistics, and we have known that about 1/2 of unwanted pregnancies end in terminations. The way to reduce US unwanted pregnancies is to increase effective contraceptive use. Dr. Herbert Peterson, a University of North Carolina professor of maternal and child health, has been quoted in many of the articles as saying that physicians have felt uncomfortable with prescribing effective methods to patients with medical conditions. It is hoped these new guidelines will bridge that knowledge gap since the new guidelines should answer doctors’ questions about potential risks from certain forms of birth control. So if we make it easier for more women to have access to birth control, Peterson, who led a panel of experts that helped CDC write the guidelines, points out, we will have fewer unplanned pregnancies. Knowledge is power gals, gab on!