Sudafed is a common over the counter medication used to treat asthma and other allergic reactions. It contains pseudoephedrine which is a stimulant drug that increases blood flow to your respiratory system. You may have heard it referred to as “the cough suppressant”. Because of its popularity, many women use it during pregnancy because they believe that taking it before labor will cause them not get their period or make their baby less likely to cry when born. However, there is no evidence that using it during pregnancy causes any harm to the fetus. It does not affect the development of your child’s brain or nervous system, so it won’t impair their ability to learn or function normally.
The reason why some women choose to take it during pregnancy is because they think that if they don’t, then their baby might suffer from breathing problems due to the lack of oxygen in the mother’s lungs. They also think that if they do, then their baby might experience withdrawal symptoms such as irritability, crying spells, and anxiety. While these fears may be true for some babies with certain mothers, there is no scientific proof that taking Sudafed during pregnancy will lead to any negative effects on your baby.
It should also be noted that most studies show that it doesn’t actually work very well at all to treat asthma or allergies in children under age three years old. There has been no evidence to suggest that it will cause problems for your baby if you do take it, but make sure to follow up with your doctor before taking any medication during pregnancy. You should avoid Sudafed if you have high blood pressure, glaucoma, or an overactive thyroid. There is also some evidence to suggest that using it can lead to addiction and abusing other similar drugs.
Many people believe that birth control can help them in lowering their chances of getting pregnant. However, there are some myths about birth control methods and their side effects. Misinformation can lead to taking the wrong method or not taking birth control at all. The following information aims to give you a more accurate view of the various types of birth control and their effects on your body.
The first step in understanding birth control methods is to learn about the different types available. The two main types are hormonal and non-hormonal forms of birth control. Hormonal methods work by affecting the release of hormones in your body. These hormones affect the lining of your uterus and impact when you should and shouldn’t get pregnant. Non-hormonal methods prevent the release of an egg from your ovaries, which is essential to getting pregnant.
The most common side effect of hormonal birth control is weight gain. This is due to the way hormonal birth control methods work in your body. Some women notice that their mood is affected while on hormonal birth control, and it may cause some women to experience irregular bleeding during the beginning of taking a new method. Other side effects are rarer, such as hair growth in unusual places or temporary pain in your lower abdomen. Your doctor will most likely give you a questionnaire to fill out informing her of any medical problems you have had in the past.
If you are prone to seizures, don’t take birth control that contains the hormones estrogen and progesterone. This type of birth control can lead to increased risk of seizure activity. If you experienced migraines or depression when you were younger, you may have a higher risk of experiencing these conditions while taking hormonal contraception. Be sure to report this to your doctor before beginning a new method.
It is a common misconception that birth control methods that contain only progesterone are a safer option. In actuality, these methods have been shown to cause increased blood pressure and may not be the best choice for you if you have a history of blood pressure problems in your family. If you take this type of birth control, you should have regular check-ups with your doctor to monitor how this medication is affecting your body.
The non-hormonal methods of birth control include the IUD, Paragard, the copper T and hormonal implants. Non-hormonal methods prevent pregnancy by releasing synthetic hormones that are toxic to sperms or by keeping the cervix closed up so nothing can get in or out of your uterus. One common side effect of non-hormonal birth control is heavier periods. In some cases, women may experience an increased risk of getting an STI.
It is also important to find a contraceptive that is easy for you to remember and use correctly. It’s no good if you find a pill you love that has a high failure rate because you keep forgetting to take it. Non-hormonal methods of birth control require less interaction with your body, but they can be easily forgotten and removed by outside forces. Hormonal methods are an effective way to prevent pregnancy, but they must be taken at the same time every day to be effective.
There are many birth control methods out there, and it may take some time for you to find the right one. Be sure to talk to your doctor about your options and what may be the best choice for your lifestyle. Good luck!
Here are some tips to help you remember to take your birth control.
Put your pills in a pill box with morning and night labels. All your morning pills go in the morning compartment, and all your evening pills go in the evening compartment. If you take a pill more than once a day, you can still set it aside in the compartment at morning or at night to remind yourself.
Get a weekly pill organizer that has the days of the week as the compartments. This way, all you have to do is pop your daily pill in your bag on any day that has the same color as the day of the week.
Use an app or get a medication reminder keychain that beeps at you every morning and evening. These can be set to remind you at whatever times are most convenient for you.
If you take a non-hormonal method, take it whenever is most convenient for you. Usually, this means in the morning when you get ready for work or school.
If you take a hormonal method, it is best to take it at the same time every day. However, if that is not realistic due to your life schedule, do your best! The effectiveness of these pills is pretty high if taken within a 12 hour window of the same time. For instance, if you take it at 8 a.m., you could take it anywhere between 8 a.m.
and 8 p.m.
Remember that taking your birth control pill is just one part of responsible pregnancy prevention. You still have to use a back-up for the first two weeks of the month if you are on the pill or using another hormonal method. Additionally, you should still be using a barrier method with your partner if you aren’t in a committed relationship.
Have fun exploring your options, and enjoy your newfound fertility!
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