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birth control deviceA woman’s choice 0f birth control is personal. Women have been given several different choices. Birth control that includes hormones is an issue with respect to surgery. Studies have shown an increased risk for blood clots in patients using birth control that includes hormones. Dr. O’Toole stresses the importance of patients including all relevant information within their medical history that is given to the doctor prior to surgery. Younger patients who are considering popular procedures such as breast augmentation or small areas of liposuction may mistakenly omit the use of birth control pills or other forms of birth control that contain hormones. Every medication has to be taken into consideration as Dr. O’Toole makes the best recommendations for his patients prior to every procedure that he performs. As doctors trend toward implanted contraceptives patient should be knowledgeable as to any hormones that are part of the device. According to channel 5 doctors are throwing their support behind intrauterine devices and contraceptive implants as the most effective forms of reversible birth control, in a new set of guidelines for obstetricians and gynecologists.

Though the two forms of contraception aren’t as widely used as birth control pills, doctors said that partly has to do with past fears about their safety—and that new types of IUDs are quite safe.
Here’s a quick look at how the birth control methods work: IUDs are plastic, T-shaped devices inserted in the uterus that release either copper or a hormone into the uterus. The copper coaxes the uterus and fallopian tubes to produce fluid to kill sperm, and is effective at preventing pregnancy for 10 years, according to WebMD. The hormonal IUD releases progestin, which can also fight sperm and make the cervical mucus thick, preventing sperm from reaching the uterus. Hormonal IUDs prevent pregnancy for five years.

Contraceptive implants, the size of a matchstick, also release progestin, but are inserted under the skin of the arm and last three years.


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