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Which Contraceptive is Best for Me? The WHO MEC WHEEL Can Provide Guidance

In the world of family planning the question “Which contraceptive method is best for me?” is a common one.  The World Health Organization (WHO) has tried to address this through a document called Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use (MEC).  This document, now in its fifth edition, provides guidance for choosing the safest contraceptive method […]

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You Asked: Do Progestin-Only Contraceptives Cause Postpartum Depression?

One of our readers contacted us noting that she developed a severe episode of postpartum depression after receiving an injection of the contraceptive, Depo-Provera.  She is pregnant again and now wonders if she should avoid Depo-Provera given her previous experience. Depo-Provera (DMPA), also known as the birth control shot, is a highly effective form of […]

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