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Natural Family Planning: My Unexperienced Explanation

I’ve written blogs about many options for contraception, but have failed to write about the oldest method, natural family planning.  The new term for this in the medical world is call fertility awareness-based (FAB) methods for pregnancy prevention.  Some women cannot or choose not to use birth control (pills, IUDs, etc) due to medical, religious, or cultural reasons; and thus, rely on FAB methods.  We will get into the details below, but the basic principle is to identify the fertile days of the menstrual cycle using a combination of cycle length and physical signs of ovulation—and then avoiding sex or using a barrier method on these days.  Now, a quick disclosure from me is warranted...I've never practiced FAB methods so all of this is based on my reading and prior knowledge of menstrual cycles and fertile windows.

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My Vasectomy: March Madness Style

For those of you who follow my blogs, you know that two kids is “our number” as far as what we want and think we can handle.  We are blessed to have a healthy boy and girl.  So after our daughter was born, I started planning for a vasectomy.

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Farewell to Erin Wright, NP

It is with great sadness that I have to announce that Erin Wright, one of our two amazing Nurse Practitioners, will be leaving us on March 10, 2017.

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2016: Reflections From One Doctor

2016... what a year!  


I took advantage of some of my days off around New Year's to relax and reflect on my 2016.  I started with Kamm McKenzie in the summer of 2015, so 2016 was my first full year with the practice.   And what a year it has been!

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One Plus One DOES NOT Equal Two

Two years ago I wrote a blog about making the transition from doctor to dad after my son was born.  Recently the company that runs our online presence reposted it.  Many patients were congratulating me on the birth of my son!  Well, I started to feel guilty that I had not written a blog about having had a second child.  You know, the second kid never gets as much attention as the first.

 

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Long Acting Reversible Contraception Part 2: Sub-Dermal Implant

If you are interested in reliable contraception and are looking for something different than pills, patches, rings, condoms, or shots, you may want to consider a subdermal Implant (Nexplanon). Like IUDs (reviewed in the previous blog post), the subdermal implant belongs to the family of contraception called LARC (long acting reversible contraception). LARC are over 20 times more effective than pills, patches, or the ring and if you want to stop them or desire to get pregnant, you can have them removed at any time.

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Long Acting Reversible Contraception Part 1: The IUD

If you are interested in reliable contraception and are looking for something different than pills, patches, rings, condoms, or shots, you may want to consider an IUD (intrauterine device). IUDs are in the family of contraception called LARC (long acting reversible contraception). LARC are over 20 times more effective than pills, patches, or the ring and if you want to stop them or desire to get pregnant, you can have them removed at any time.

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Vaginal Discharge: What’s normal, What’s not, and When You Should Call Your Doctor

Vaginal discharge is one of the most common reasons women see their gynecologist. In fact, 18% of women have seen their doctor for vaginitis symptoms in the last year. So, how do you know what’s normal, and what’s not?

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Zika Virus: Part 2

Dr. B gave us a great overview of the Zika virus a few weeks ago – what it is, where it is, and how it affects pregnancy. As the virus has been studied further, we’d like to keep you in the know with the latest science.

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Alcohol in Pregnancy: Part 2 -- Breast Feeding

In my first blog post you heard about my favorite local breweries, and about the dangers to drinking any alcohol during pregnancy. But what about an occasional beer or glass of wine while breastfeeding, is that OK? Yes! Unlike during pregnancy, smaller amounts of alcohol are probably safe while breastfeeding.

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