Category: Risks

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 […]

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 […]

How Safe Is the Abortion Pill?

The “abortion pill” is really a misnomer. In actuality, a medical abortion is a combination of two pills: mifepristone and misoprostol. Each drug carries its own risks and side effects. According to the FDA, serious adverse events occurred in women who used mifepristone for medical abortion, including infection, blood loss requiring transfusion, ectopic pregnancies, hospitalization, and […]

Abortion Complications: Teens at Higher Risk

Why teenagers? Approximately eighteen percent of all U.S. women obtaining abortions are teenagers. Ages 18 – 19: 11% Ages 15 – 17:  6% Younger than 15: less than 1%1 Teens are more prone to complications arising from induced abortion because they “are more likely than older women to delay having an abortion until after 15 […]

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About Mifepristone (RU-486) Risks

Approved for use in the US in September of 2000, mifepristone is a medication used in combination with misoprostol to facilitate 1st trimester abortion (medical abortion). While misoprostol causes the uterus to contract, mifepristone is responsible for blocking the action of the progesterone needed to sustain a pregnancy, causing changes in the uterine lining, detachment […]

The Truth About Oral Contraceptives

Providers often will not furnish a full range of facts when prescribing Combined Oral Contraceptives (COC), basing the information given on their own professional opinion rather than a well-balanced presentation of the data available.  Ultimately, it’s your responsibility to read the fine print. Types of Oral Contraceptives There are two main types of oral contraceptives: […]

How Effective Are Condoms Against STD’s?

Although condoms may help to reduce the risk of contracting STD’s in general, the fact is that they cannot protect you from specific types of infections.  For example, in the case of genital ulcer diseases (such as herpes and syphilis) and HPV (human papillomavirus), “latex condoms can only protect against transmission when the ulcers or infections […]

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