“For patients in whom a pregnancy is contraindicated or in whom concomitant medications may have teratogenic effects, an unintended pregnancy may cause significant adverse maternal or fetal health consequences, including death,” the FDA announcement warned.
The risk of unplanned pregnancy associated with these pills is very real, said Dr.
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And she called, and she said, "I'm really struggling with how to write about you on the little flyer." And I thought, "Well, what's the struggle? There's no such thing." So I'm a researcher-storyteller, and I'm going to talk to you today — we're talking about expanding perception — and so I want to talk to you and tell some stories about a piece of my research that fundamentally expanded my perception and really actually changed the way that I live and love and work and parent. When I was a young researcher, doctoral student, my first year, I had a research professor who said to us, "Here's the thing, if you cannot measure it, it does not exist." And I thought he was just sweet-talking me. " and he was like, "Absolutely." And so you have to understand that I have a bachelor's and a master's in social work, and I was getting my Ph. in social work, so my entire academic career was surrounded by people who kind of believed in the "life's messy, love it." And I'm more of the, "life's messy, clean it up, organize it and put it into a bento box." And so to think that I had found my way, to found a career that takes me — really, one of the big sayings in social work is, "Lean into the discomfort of the work." And I'm like, knock discomfort upside the head and move it over and get all A's. So I thought, you know what, I'm going to start with connection.If you buy one that’s not already pre-coated, you’ll probably want to add some lube to make sex more comfortable.Make sure you use a water-based product that’s meant for sex.If you’re already in the middle of your cycle with these pills, but haven’t had sex, then your risk isn’t elevated, though you will need to use a back-up means of pregnancy prevention, like condoms, Streicher said.For those who have already started a pack of the out-of-sequence pills who have had sex, Streicher’s advice is: “Pray.Oil-based lubricants like petroleum jelly can damage the condom and keep it from working.