Week 28 – Birth Control

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Hello. This is Dr. Mauldin. Congratulations. You’re now 28 weeks pregnant.
At this point in the pregnancy, an average sized fetus weighs just over 2 pounds and is nearly 15 inches long. We know that the branches of your baby’s lungs are developing and brain wave patterns begin looking like those of a full-term infant. Your baby is also changing positions a lot at this point during your pregnancy. Within the next 6-8 weeks, however, most babies will settle head down into your pelvis.
Let’s talk about birth control this week. There are many types, including barrier methods, hormonal methods, IUDs and sterilization. Different people will find that certain methods fit their needs better than others. When you are choosing your method of birth control, consider how well the method works and its side effects. But also keep in mind how likely it will be for you to use the method according to the directions and whether it will protect you against sexually transmitted diseases.
Birth control pills are used by millions of women to prevent pregnancy. The pills are made of hormones that prevent ovulation and are safe and effective for most women.  The hormones will also make your cervical mucous more thick and make the lining of your uterus thinner – so that even in the rare chance there is a fertilized egg, the intrauterine environment will not support its development and growth.
Birth control pills are a good choice for women who may want to get pregnant later. It is a safe and effective way to prevent pregnancy and most women find the method to be easy and convenient. Some of the health benefits of the pills will last months or years after you stop taking them. 

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