With the mornings crisp and clear, it is certain that fall is in full swing. As I have mentioned before, since my life has always revolved around the school year, this is my time for new projects. Our anti-aging/bio-identical hormone program is being updated, and the new treatment options are becoming available for our practice family. I promise to keep you informed.
Today I want to begin to update you on emergency contraception. This is a therapy to prevent pregnancy after unprotected or not totally protected intercourse. It is not an abortion, and it does not cause an abortion if you are already pregnant. Most people call this treatment the Morning After Pill or Plan B, but regrettably, these phrases are not known or used as much as they should be.
With half of all pregnancies unintended and 40% of these pregnancies ending in abortion, it is imperative that this treatment is more known. Women seeking this treatment are typically under 25, and the common indication is a broken condom, missed oral contraceptive pills, or a failure to use any birth control at all. It should not replace our normal contraceptive methods, but should be available and used when necessary to prevent an unintended pregnancy.