Posts in:October, 2015

HPV: What We Know Now and How to Address it With Your Patients

Posted October 27, 2015 by Stacy Bolzenius

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States. In fact it’s so common that most sexually active people will contract it at one time or another in their lives. Many people are unaware of the dangers of HPV because the majority of those who contract it never show symptoms and do not know that they’ve been infected. In many cases, the body will fight off the virus on its own without causing any major health problems. Continue reading…

How Effective Is Emergency Contraception and What Methods Are Available?

Posted October 13, 2015 by Stacy Bolzenius

Emergency contraception is used to prevent pregnancy after a patient has had unprotected or inadequately protected sex. There are two forms of emergency contraception available — emergency contraceptive pills and the copper intrauterine device (IUD). The pills can be either progestin-only, a combination of progestin and estrogen, or ulipristal. Each of these methods has been shown to be effective at preventing pregnancy if taken within five days of unprotected sex, but oftentimes women do not know they are available to them or misunderstand their use Continue reading…