Filed under Birth Control

I’m having hot flashes. Does it mean I’m starting menopause?

by Rachel Burt, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner at Roswell OB/GYN………………………………… We all know hot flashes and night sweats are very common symptoms of menopause.  But, a new study by The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) suggests many young premenopausal women have hot flashes too.  I often have women in the thirties and forties complain of … Continue reading

The Next Generation Condom

by Rachel Burt, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner at Roswell OB/GYN………………………………… Bill Gates announced a new grant for the invention of the Next Generation Condom.  As many of you know, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation works to improve global health.  One of their main priorities is to reduce the incidence of HIV.  Condoms are the … Continue reading

Folic Acid Reduces the Risk for Autism

by Rachel Burt, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner at Roswell OB/GYN…………………………………. A new study released from Norway, suggests a forty percent reduction in the risk for autism when women start taking folic acid supplementation at least 4 weeks prior to conception.  This study looked at 85,000 women and the effect of taking folic acid supplementation starting … Continue reading

Is my IUD giving me vaginal infections?

by Rachel Burt, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner at Roswell OB/GYN…………………………………. Patients in monogamous relationships and at low risk for sexually transmitted infections are good candidates for intrauterine devices.  Infections occurring while an IUD is in place are most commonly related to the exposure to sexually transmitted infections, not the presence of the IUD.  Please see … Continue reading

Back in the saddle again…

by Rachel Burt, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner at Roswell OB/GYN…………………………………. The divorce is final and the dust has settled.  You grieved the loss of the marriage, did your soul-searching, and now you are ready to start the next stage of your life.  If you are like many recently divorced women, it has been a while … Continue reading

Should I get a Mirena IUD?

by Rachel Burt, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner at Roswell OB/GYN…………………………………. The Mirena intrauterine device (IUD) is placed in the uterus to prevent pregnancy.  The progesterone effects are local to the uterus.  It is more than 99% effective in preventing pregnancy. The Mirena contains progesterone that is slowly released over a 5 year period.  The progesterone … Continue reading

Do I still need birth control in my 40s?

by Rachel Burt, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner at Roswell OB/GYN…………………………………. Although you may think you are too old to have babies, your body may not agree.  I often have women in their 40s tell me they do not need birth control because they are too old to have babies.   Their children are finally out of … Continue reading

Are we really done having kids?

by Rachel Burt, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner at Roswell OB/GYN…………………………………. Some women just know when they are done having children.  These are the women who come in for their postpartum visits asking for urologist recommendations for hubby to go get the big V (vasectomy).  If you are really 100 percent sure you are done with … Continue reading

I didn’t get my period, but I’m on the pill…

by Rachel Burt, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner at Roswell OB/GYN …………………………….. It’s the fourth day of sugar pills and no bleeding… you did everything right – didn’t miss a single pill, took it the same time every day but nothing – no period.  Don’t panic!  Many of the low dose birth control pills today keep … Continue reading

What’s the nuva ring?

by Rachel Burt, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner at Roswell OB/GYN …………………………….. Typically, my patients come talk to me about birth control during their annual exams. Some of my patients love taking the birth control pill. They never forget, set it by the toothbrush, and have been taking it nightly for years. But, there is another … Continue reading