Category: Future

Insights in reproductive health research and practice from CompassCare's medical team.

The Big 3 STDs at an All-Time High

On October 19, 2016, the Centers for Disease Control released their annual Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance Report.[1] According to the report, the three most prevalent STDs – chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis – have regained popularity among the 15- to 24-year-old U.S. population. In fact, the number of diagnosed cases reported in 2015 among these diseases […]

Infants Proven Viable at 22 Weeks Gestation: Could New York State Be Wrong?

Currently, 42 states prohibit abortions after a specified point in pregnancy. [1] That point is usually determined by “fetal viability,” or the age at which a fetus is able to survive outside of the womb. In New York State, abortions are prohibited after 24 weeks gestation; however, a new study by The New England Journal […]

Add Brain Cancer to List of Risks Associated with “The Pill”

A recent study published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology[1] (BJCP) aimed to prove that “oral contraceptive use influences the risks for certain cancers.” Results concluded that long-term use may increase the risk of gliomas, tumors that occur in the brain and spinal cord. This comes as a surprise to many, since estrogen and […]

The Suggested Advantage of IUDs: Have the Risks Changed or Just Our Perception?

Copyright © Nucleus Medical Media, Inc. In an attempt to “curb teen pregnancy,”[i] Golisano Children’s Hospital recently launched a campaign to promote the benefits of IUDs (intrauterine devices) over other forms of birth control. IUDs are T-shaped plastic devices with a string attached, and come in two types: hormonal and copper. Neither of the two […]

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Abortion and Sexual Dysfunction

Some women experience sexual dysfunction after an abortion.1 The following issues can often be associated with early pregnancy termination: Increased vaginal dryness Decreased sexual desire Loss of orgasm ability Dyspareunia (painful intercourse) Tell your doctor if you have had an abortion and are experiencing any of these symptoms. They may be able to help. 1  […]

Let’s Cut Right to the Chase

You already know who you are – your identity – or at least what people expect of you. You’re today’s woman. Your internal billboards are splashed with words like College Graduate, Career Woman, Independent, Confident, and Changing the World. It’s all planned out. But the pregnancy test you hold in your hands says that all […]

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Will an Abortion Hurt My Chances of Having Children in the Future?

The short answer is yes, it could. Complications that can arise from induced abortion, such as infection and damage to the uterus, are the main cause of future risk to women. In the case of medical abortion, the risks for these complications are increased  in women who have a high risk of uterine rupture; an […]