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Long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARC) are methods of birth control that prevent pregnancy in users for an extended amount of time without requiring any action following their placement. For LARC methods, there are two classes to consider: hormonal and copper intrauterine devices (IUDs) and subdermal contraceptive implants, sold under the brand name Nexplanon, among others.
Currently, several hormonal IUDs are available in the United States, including brand names like Mirena, Kyleena, Liletta and Skyla. These IUDs are placed in the uterus and can...
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Many people are surprised to learn that one in every four to five pregnancies may result in miscarriage. Additionally, approximately 15 percent of women have more than one miscarriage. If you or a loved one are grieving from a recent miscarriage, it is important to know you are not alone and, more than anything, know it is not your fault.
Below are the answers to some of the most frequent questions we receive from women who have experienced a miscarriage loss.
Does one miscarriage mean I’m more likely to have another?
Not necessarily; after...
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“I honestly don’t know much about genetic testing; my doctor just told me to come here.”
When I ask my patients if they understand why they were referred to genetic counseling, this is close to the most common response.
I get it – genetic counselors aren’t exactly top-of-mind when it comes to specialty care providers, falling far behind pediatricians, cardiologists or neurologists. But we play an equally important role in caring for many families at all different stages of life.
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In our country, every 1 in 33 infants – or nearly 120,000 infants each year – will have a birth defect. It’s not completely uncommon; most of us can probably think of a friend or family member we know with some kind of birth defect.
In reality, every pregnancy faces a 3 to 5 percent risk of birth defects.
We obviously can’t prevent every birth defect from developing, but there are many things women can do to help increase their chances of delivering a healthy baby.
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When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. I imagine nearly everyone has heard this old saying before. In other words, find the positive in a negative situation. In our case, we’ve been doing our best to “make lemonade” ever since finding out our daughter, Emerson Grace, has spina bifida – a rare birth defect in which the baby’s spine and spinal cord fail to develop properly. It’s a bit ironic that the first sign of spina bifida, noticed by our physician through ultrasound, was the shape of her brain. It was shaped just like a lemon – a classic finding among babies with spina bifida.
I can remember this time...