Category: Health

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

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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 […]

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Pregnancy, Abortion and Breast Health

It has long been disputed among medical researchers that induced abortion (IA) puts women at a higher risk for breast cancer. According to the American College of Pediatricians, this argument is supported by an increasing number of studies which “show that IA prior to 32 weeks in and of itself is a risk factor for […]

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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 […]

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Nearsighted? Birth Control May Escalate Vision Problems

According to the American Society of Health System Pharmacists[1], near-sighted women who begin taking oral contraceptives at or near puberty experience a greater loss in vision due to the estrogen-progestin pill’s potential to significantly change the shape of the cornea. Resulting issues include advanced myopia, astigmatism and Keratoconus. Myopia by nature progresses through adolescence and […]

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Will Your Body Pay for an Abortion?

Abortion is marketed as a simple and safe procedure.  However, all medical procedures carry with them a certain amount of risk and abortion is no exception.  It’s important to weigh the cost of the potential immediate physical consequences that an abortion can have on your body. The simple presence of an STD like Chlamydia increases […]

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Is Your Medical Provider Treating You Ethically?

Medical providers hold immense power through their knowledge of the body, power which can be used ethically as a servant for the public good, or selfishly for personal gain. Because of the power and influence medical professionals have over your rights to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”1 they have been held to a […]

Contra(miscon)ception: Are You Really in Birth “Control”?

What’s your contraceptive of choice?  Most women select their birth control method based simply on what best fits their lifestyle.  However, you might be surprised to learn that they’re not all as safe as you think.  In fact, your birth control’s safety and effectiveness depends on more than just the method you choose. The main […]