Dr. Heidi Collins Fantasia is currently an assistant professor of nursing for the University of Massachusetts/Lowell. She has served as adjunct clinical faculty at Boston College and is currently a visiting scholar at the school of nursing. She is also employed as a nurse practitioner for Health Quarters, a Title X family planning and STD clinic in northeastern Massachusetts. Her clinical work is directed toward a primarily adolescent and young adult population and focuses on sexual and reproductive health and safety, contraception management, and routine gynecologic care. Dr. Fantasia’s current research interests include adolescent sexual decision-making, adolescent sexual safety, sexual consent, and the experience of unwanted sex. Dr. Fantasia received her BSN at Salem State College, her MS at Boston College, and her PhD at Boston College.
Plan B One-Step contains only one medication, a hormone called levonorgestrel. This hormone is a type of progesterone. Women who have a known allergy or sensitivity to this medication should not take Plan B One-Step.
According to the guidelines set forth by the American Cancer Society (ACS), women who are over the age of 65 and have had regular Pap smear screenings with normal results do not need to be screened for cervical cancer. Women who have had a hysterectomy (uterus and cervix removed) and have no history
Plan B One-Step consists of one tablet that should be taken as a one-time dose as soon as possible after unprotected intercourse. The table contains 1.5 mg of levonorgestrel, which is a type of progestin.
The side effects of Plan B One-Step are usually minor. Some women may experience nausea and occasionally vomiting after taking this medication. For most women, their menstrual period will be at the expected time, but may be lighter or heavier. Other side effects could include abdomina
Yes, HPV infection has been linked to oral, head and neck cancers, specifically oropharyngeal cancers of the tonsils and tongue base. The primary mode of transmission is thought to be oral-genital contact with an infected sexual partner. Men experience HPV-related oral cancers at a hi
Yes, certain types of birth control may help clear up your acne. Androgen is a hormone that can increase oil production and lead to acne through clogged pores. Birth control that contains the hormones estrogen and progesterone helps to control the production of androgen. Therefore, women who take...
The generic name for Depo-Provera is medroxyprogesterone. This contraceptive is a type of hormone called progesterone that is given by injection. The Depo-Provera shot can either go into the muscle or just under the skin.
The Mirena Intrauterine System (IUS) is used for the prevention of pregnancy. It does not protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or HIV.The best protection against STIs is using condoms and being in a mutually monogamous realtionship with a partner who has tested negative for ST
The Mirena Intrauterine System (IUS) is used for the prevention of pregnancy and is appropriate for childbearing women who desire a long term method of contraception. It can be used through the menopause transition to provide contraception. It is not intended for post menopausal use.
The Mirena Intrauterine System (IUS) contains the hormone levonorgestrel. Women with a known allergy to this medication should not use Mirena. Women with a sensitivity to any part of the device, such as the polyethylene frame, should not use Mirena.