Birth Control Options for Women

With so many birth control options available to women, choosing the one that is best for you and your lifestyle can seem overwhelming. Although the abundance of choices increases your chances of finding a birth control that suits your needs exactly, there are also many different points that you must consider before making a final decision. Like any medical issue, you should talk with your doctor first and foremost to discuss the impact of each of these methods on your health.

Choosing a Birth Control Method

There are both pros and cons to each method of contraception. The method you choose will depend on your own preferences and other details, such as your health. For example, a family medical history that includes breast cancer may force you to reconsider certain types of contraception. Additionally, high blood pressure and tobacco usage could also impact your decision.

Also, you may want to consider lifestyle factors such as how often you have sex, how many sexual partners you have, the effectiveness in preventing pregnancy, and any possible side effects.

Common Contraceptive Options

The most frequently utilized contraceptive methods include the following:

  • Abstinence – This is the only 100% effective form of birth control, but many argue that it is unrealistic.
  • Condoms – This birth control option protects you against pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. There are both male and female condoms available, but male condoms are the most popular. Many doctors suggest using condoms along with another form of birth control to fully protect against pregnancy.
  • Oral contraceptives – There are a number of different options of birth control pills that use progestin or a combination of progestin and estrogen to help prevent pregnancy. Pills are a popular option because they can reduce pain from menstrual cramps and result in lighter periods. However, the pill has a reported eight percent failure rate, usually from women forgetting to take it at the same time every day.
  • The Patch and the Ring – Both of these forms of birth control are classified as “hormonal methods” and do not require you to take a pill every day. The patch is a piece of plastic applied to your stomach or arm. The ring, also referred to as NuvaRing, is a flexible device placed inside the vagina for 21 days at a time and then taken out for the week of the woman’s period. Both forms are 92 percent effective at preventing pregnancy. However, you shouldn’t use the ring if you have high blood pressure or vulnerable to blood clots. Recent studies have shown the NuvaRing can lead to blood clots or strokes, which has led many women to file a NuvaRing lawsuit for their damages.

These are only a few examples of available birth control methods. To learn more about additional options and determine which is best for you, make sure to speak with your doctor today.

Negative Medicine Effects: Who is Responsible?

People in western countries have access to varied forms of healthcare. Many people like to take control of their health early on through preventative measures like regular exercise, healthy eating, and dietary supplementation. However, sometimes disease or disorder happens despite the best efforts to maintain good mental and physical health. Western medicine has popularized the prevalence of pharmaceutical options.

All types of medicines are available to treat varying mental, emotional, and physical inconveniences. For many people prescription medication is a temporary measure that can be extremely helpful in healing. Other drugs dubbed “lifestyle” medicines are taken for a more sustained period of time to curb persistent physical or behavioral threats. Some lifestyle medicines are birth control, antidepressants, and anti-anxiety medications.

Though many people find pharmaceuticals helpful in recovery and rehabilitation, some people suffer extreme damages from prescription medication. In cases where people are victimized by their medication, they may be eligible to collect financial compensation from the prescriber or the pharmaceutical company. Each individual has a specific set of risk factors, and some medications should be avoided if they will exploit these health vulnerabilities. For example, women who smoke or have a family history of blood clotting should not be prescribed combination birth control pills. The synthetic form of estrogen can increase the likelihood of a pulmonary embolism or deep vein thrombosis. Instead doctors should prescribe progestin birth control pills in order to cater to this risk factor.

According to the website of the Woodson Law Firm, should a doctor overlook these risk factors, they could be held liable with a medical malpractice suit. If, however, the medical provider is attentive and the prescription has an unintended devastating medical affect, the victim can hold the pharmaceutical manufacturer responsible for damages. Many people who pursue pharmaceutical companies assert that the manufacturer knowingly made false claims. If a large amount of people suffer from unintended physical and mental damages from a pharmaceutical resource, the effected parties can file a class action against the manufacturer to gain financial compensation.

Understanding the “One-Bite” Rule

Dog bites are already a cause for personal injury suits, which is why most dog owners should know more about the laws in their state pertaining to their pets and the penalties that they may be facing once their dogs have injured or caused harm to another person. When it comes to dogs, however, there are certain circumstances that can be taken into account, and these circumstances or factors can affect whether you can be compensated for dog bite injuries or not.

About half of the states in America have the “one-bite” rule associated to dog bites. The one-bite rule means a dog owner is only liable for any injuries caused by their dogs once they are aware (or have reason to know) that their dog would likely bite. Dog owners can only escape liability when they can prove that their pet was provoked, or that the victim knowingly or deliberately risked being injured by the dog.

The reasoning behind this rule is for the dog owner to assume that, until there is concrete evidence, their dog is not dangerous. Otherwise, when the owner has some awareness of their dog being a risk to others, they should be fully prepared for the consequences.

The “one-bite” rule may be misleading; it may mean that a dog is excused from liability the first time they bite or injure another person, then the owner is immediately informed of the dangerous nature of their dog. However, even a simple act such as knocking someone down can already be considered dangerous behavior for dogs (as they can injure or harm another person), therefore once the dog bite the owner can be held liable for the damages done. When the dog owner refuses to accept responsibility for their pet’s actions, a judge or jury can determine who is at fault and if the dog is likely to hurt someone.

Possible Car Accident Injuries

Thursday afternoon, a man had to be cut out of his Kia Soul after the vehicle flipped in an accident in downtown Houston. Luckily, no one was seriously injured – the man was taken to the hospital fully alert as a precautionary measure, and no one else was involved in the incident.

Even minor car accidents where no one is seriously injured, such as this one, may be traumatizing. Financial, physical, and emotional damage can render those involved overwhelmed and clueless about how to proceed. According to The Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter‘s website, some injuries may require pricey medical treatment from doctors, psychologists, and even the dentist in the case of mouth trauma that most victims simply can’t afford.

There are specific steps individuals involved in crashes can take to make the recovery (even from a minor accident) as smooth as possible. After pulling over and finding somewhere safe to stop after a collision with hazards on, news1130.com suggests checking everyone involved for injury. If there is any doubt about whether or not to seek medical attention, experts recommend calling 911 immediately.

After everyone’s safety has been confirmed, it’s recommended that people write down the insurance information of everyone else involved and photograph any damage. This precautionary measure may help file an insurance claim later.

There are also common mistakes to avoid. Many individuals in car accidents may agree to “just forget about it,” and some victims even tell the other person involved that it’s their fault. This is highly unadvisable for legal purposes.

If you or a loved one were injured in a car accident, and believe another party may be at fault, it may be wise to seek legal representation.

The Problem with DIY Plumbing

Plumbing is one of the most dangerous career paths; in fact, non-fatal injuries are more common among plumbers than other construction workers. Therefore, those who choose to work on DIY plumbing projects must take extra precaution to avoid injury.

Firstly, some jobs – even small household projects – require permission from the county. Those who want to work on their own plumbing must research regulations beforehand. Once a permit has been obtained, there are many risks to be aware of.

Gas leaks, for example, may occur in the middle of a project, from a simple mistake such as cutting the wrong pipe. If left unnoticed, gas leaks may cause residents gastrointestinal problems, further allergic complications, fatigue, forgetfulness, headaches, abnormally high white and red blood cell count, and pain. They can be detected by a disgusting “rotten-egg” odor, bubbling in flooded areas, or a blowing sound exuding from a pipe.

Eye injury is also a concern for plumbers. While hammering, debris can fly into the eye and cause damage or even blindness. Furthermore, while working underneath a pipe, looking up at it, dangerous chemicals or small parts could fall down into the eyes.

Plumbers must also be aware of potential injury to hands; fingers may come into contact with many different harmful materials and bacteria. Lungs may also suffer when sawing or sanding – plumbers are advised to wear masks to keep dangerous debris out of the lungs. Plumbing can be so problematic that plumbing companies often have 24-hour emergency service in case an emergency arises.

If there is a leak in your home, it may be smart to consider hiring a licensed plumbing professional to fix the problem rather than tackling the issue alone.

Money and Military Deployment Top Causes of Divorce

Many factors such as young age, low education, financial issues, and long deployments may cause divorce.

A recent RAND Corporation study shows that for military families, deployment can be a major struggle. For each month of deployment in the study of over 460,000 couples, the chances of divorce rose. Interestingly, women who were deployed were more likely to divorce than men.

The study also noted that those married before 9/11 were more likely to get divorced than those married after. Some hypothesize that this is may be because couples who married after 9/11 were more prepared for the challenges of a military marriage.

According to the website of Fischer & Van Thiel, LLP, military divorces are often far more complicated than other cases because of laws targeted specifically at military couples. If you are interested in filing for divorce, and you or your spouse is in the military, it may be smart to ask your attorney about military-related technicalities.

Another common indicator divorce is financial issues. Surprisingly, though, couples that experience a sudden influx of money (like winning the lottery) were just as likely to divorce as those who experienced a sudden lack of it. According to investopedia.com, debt, and obligations from children and extended family are among the most detrimental financial issues to any marriage. Debt can be particularly damaging if one spouse has significantly more or less of it than the other., and power-play (resulting from one spouse earning the majority of the household income) can also be an issue. Bankruptcy and divorce tend to come hand-in-hand; someone may blame their spouse for bankruptcy or, ironically, need one after an expensive divorce.

Birth Defects Cause Emotional Stress to Families

Last Saturday, an Easton woman was awarded $4 million for the injury of herself and her child during a 2009 birth at Lehigh Valley Hospital. Erin McCarthy was injured during the birth of her 10-lb child, Chloe McCarthy, who now suffers from cerebral palsy due to a deprivation of oxygen.

Dr. Garry Karounos from Allentown decided not to perform a cesarean section, even after a stall in labor that lasted approximately eight hours. Karounos maintains that he handled the complication appropriately, according to an article on The Morning Call’s website.

McCarthy also allegedly expressed concern to her doctor about the size of her baby, and was reassured that there was nothing to worry about.

Situations like this, although uncommon, can be devastating to a family. According to Hach & Rose, LLP, complicated births due to medical malpractice can cause Erb’s Palsy, Cephalohematoma, facial paralysis, brain and spinal cord damage, post-natal infections, and Shaken Baby Syndrome along with Cerebral Palsy. Rough handling during birth, however, is not the only cause of debilitating birth defects. According to the National Injury Law Center‘s website, certain pharmaceutical drugs are known to cause birth defects in unborn children when taken by expecting mothers.

Handling these problems can be not only emotionally, but also financially paralyzing. According to cerebralpalsy.com, parents of children suffering from cerebral palsy can expect to pay around $94,000 in direct medical costs alone.

Luckily, there are many methods of gaining financial support. Government programs, nonprofit community-based organizations, and charity groups can supplement a family’s health insurance in paying for medical costs.

This financially and emotionally detrimental disease can be caused by a multitude of factors – damaged placenta, an STD contracted from the mother, alcohol or drug use by the pregnant mother, or a random malformation of the baby’s brain. However, in some cases such as McCarthy’s, the hospital or doctors involved during the birth may be at fault.

If you believe your child has suffered a birth injury at the hands of a medical professional’s negligence, seeking legal representation may be advisable.