Birth Control Shot

The birth control shot is called Depo Provera in the US. It is a shot given once per month and is very effective in preventing pregnancy. The side effects of […] Continue

Birth Control Ring

The contraceptive ring (Nuva Ring) is a soft plastic ring that is placed in the vagina and left in for 3 weeks. It is then removed and a new ring […] Continue

Birth Control Pills

Oral contraceptive agents (birth control pills) are what most people think of when people talk about birth control. They are most commonly a combination of estrogen and progesterone. They are […] Continue


The contraceptive patch is called Ortho Evra in the US. The patch has the same types of hormone as is found in birth control pills.  It just uses a different […] Continue


The IUD (or IUS) is a device that is placed in the uterus in the doctor’s office and stays in for 5 or 10 years depending on the individual product. […] Continue


The contraceptive implant is a single progesterone rod. It has a very low dose of hormone to minimize side effects. The main side effect is periods become irregular and unpredictable […] Continue

Placenta Previa

Placenta previa is a condition where the placenta is attached over the cervix. This is fairly common early in pregnancy but usually goes away so that it becomes uncommon near […] Continue

Induction of Labor

Labor can be induced for medical reasons or social reasons and is safe for the baby if done after 39 weeks. There are many agents that can be used for […] Continue

Hypertension During Pregnancy

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, does put the pregnancy at higher risk. Some women have preexisting high blood pressure meaning the blood pressure was high before the pregnancy started. This […] Continue

High Risk Pregnancy Overview

There are many things that can make a pregnancy high risk. An underlying medical condition such as hypertension, diabetes, seizure disorder, and a blood clotting disorder are all examples of […] Continue

Advanced Maternal Age

For pregnancy, 35 is considered advanced maternal age (AMA). The vast majority of 35 year old women have normal, uncomplicated pregnancies. 35 is chosen because of a statistical comparison of […] Continue