How Can I Decide What Method of Birth Control to Use?

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This is bad news for men in America, real fire. Alright, is there any question? Is there any question in whether or not you still use birth control. Carla, do you use birth control? Oh yes I do. You do? Is it something that comes up in your weekly conversations? Well I have a 15 year old and an 11 year old so, I'm not looking to have another baby anytime soon.

So actually you talk about birth control. Why is it so important that women would put this in such an intimate conversation with their girlfriends? You know, I don't know how old you're Carla, but what happens is that it's women over the age of 40 that become such an issue. And the problem is even though fertility does decline, you can still get pregnant until you go through menopause.

And a lot of women don't know that, and in fact most unplanned pregnancies occur in women over the age of 40 because they are not bothering with contraception any more. Actually we had the Medical unit research this and my team got together and they went through all over the 75 % a pregnancies of the woman over the age of 40 are unplanned.

Can you imagine that? Yeah. That's pretty shocking. So, focus is my birth control, what's the best options for women over the age of 40? There's a lot of really good options, and the really good news is that there are non contraceptive benefits to a lot of the birth control that's available to women over 40.

So you take the pill for example or any other hormonal contraception. Well not only is it going to prevent pregnancy but to get a lot of other bonuses, it makes your period lighter, it is going to decrease your risk of uterine cancer, a risk of ovarian cancer, it is going to get rid of menstrual migraines and anemia.

So, the other great action up there is the progesterone IUD. And this is a little device that's placed in the uterus and stays there for five years gives excellent contraception. It also gives you lighter periods and it decreases your risk of uterine cancer. So popular in Europe, in America, it's so under utilized maybe 2, 3% of women use an IUD.

Except you know, which group would you say is the biggest users of IUD? I'm going to guess young women but, female gynecologists. Of course, of course. What does that tell you?. Alright, the third question and we've covered the three of them, is when was the last time you touched yourself? But before you answer the question you need to understand what it means, Dr Striker.

Guys have the obvious advantage of they just, it's there. It's there, women things are a little more handling and a little more mysterious, and that's why it's so important to be aware of your body, of your genitals. Women know that your breast exam every month because that's the best way to detect breast cancer early on.

But it doesn't occur to women that they also need to look at their genitals. Someone had a melanoma growing on their nose, they look in the mirror and they know that there is a problem and they get to their doctor. But how often does the woman look at the outside of her vagina? Touch, make sure that there's no lumps, no bumps, no new growths, that's what that long handle mirror is for.

You've got to take a look, you've got to make sure everything is okay. And then if something's new or different, it's usually nothing serious, but it's time to get your doctor and have it checked out. Checked yourself. If you can believe it this morning. This morning? What was the occasion? I was in the shower.

Do you normally check yourself? Yes, I do, not every day but. Is that why the mirror is really for? Sure, what do you use it for? Guys are giving up. Dr Laurey Stryker thank you so much for your wonderful wisdom, and to all my guests probably for dropping up and jumping up for questions on this slumber party.

We'll be right back.