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Testing, Testing 123: Phlebotomy Basics

When my mother underwent chemotherapy, we spent a lot of time visiting the phlebotomy lab for blood testing. I was always impressed by how easily the phlebotomist was able to find and puncture a vein to draw blood on the first try. I knew there had to be a method to it, and was astounded by how effortless and painless they made the process. It led me to research a lot about blood tests, from drawing to the actual screening. I've created this site to share what I've learned in the hopes of teaching others. The more you understand, the more control you can have over your own health care.



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3 Birth Control Myths Debunked

by Francisco Arnold

From the pill and condoms to abstinence and surgical sterilization, there are many forms of birth control to consider. Of course, each option offers its own pros and cons. In addition, one form of birth control may be better for your health and your needs than another. Therefore, knowing your options is important. This guide will help you understand the truth behind a few common birth control myths.

1.  Causes Weight Gain

Most people do not want to gain weight, so many women refuse to take birth control because they do not want to deal with weight gain. It is important to note that each type of birth control is different, having their own side effects. Plus, each woman is different, so you may react differently to a certain type of birth control than another woman taking the same one.

Even though there is a minority of people who do experience bloating and some weight gain, most women do not gain weight when taking the hormonal pill, ring, or patch. Also, weight gain is not likely if you choose the IUD as your preferred form of birth control.

2.  Falls Out/Damages Uterus

There is also a myth that certain types of birth control will fall out or will damage your uterus or cervix. Again, these are just myths that should not be believed, since they could induce fear, preventing you from choosing an effective birth control method.

For example, many women fear the ring, diaphragm, or IUD will fall out after it is inserted. All of these birth control options are designed to effectively remain in place until you decide it is time for them to come out.

You should not worry about the IUD tearing your uterus' lining or getting lost inside your body. Although both are possibilities, these issues are incredibly rare. If you do have an IUD and are experiencing intense pain and discomfort, make sure to notify your gynecologist immediately.

3.  Causes Infertility

Another common myth many people believe is that long-term use of birth control will cause infertility. Fortunately, this is not true, since many women become pregnant as soon as they stop taking or using their preferred birth control.

It is important to note that certain types of birth control, such as the pill and IUD, cause hormonal changes in the body, affecting how the reproductive system works. Therefore, some women may not conceive until after their hormones balance out and go back to normal.

Basically, once you stop taking birth control, you may become pregnant right away, or it may take some time, but it will most likely be possible unless there are other issues you are dealing with. For more information about birth control, speak with a medical professional.