September FAQs and Answers by Dr. Helliwell and Dr. Kaneen

FAQ 1: How can I guarantee that I won’t get pregnant or contract an STI?

Effective contraception methods like pills or IUDs and safe sex practices ensure that you don’t get pregnant. Whenever you have vaginal, anal, or oral sex, use condoms, dental dams, or internal condoms to avoid pregnancy or contracting STIs.

FAQ 2: Is it dangerous to take birth control that makes my period stop altogether?

Birth control pills have hormones that may alter your period (early, delayed, or stopping). But these side effects go away in 2-3 months as your body adjusts. Some women who take the shot or contraceptive injection may skip periods, but it is entirely normal.

FAQ 5: I’ve been experiencing premenstrual syndrome. How can I tell the difference between what is normal and what isn’t normal?

Some women experience milder PMS symptoms, such as irritability, headaches, mood fluctuations, or bloating, and for others, they may be more severe. There is no way to gauge why PMS occurs and whether these effects are normal. However, there is no reason that your PMS should affect your life, relationships, and career. Speak to your gyno to receive the appropriate treatment.

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