Do you gain weight with a birth control implant?A look at birth control implants and weight gain. Included is information on the causes of weight gain and other birth control implant side effects.18 Nov 2017

The birth control implants Implanon and Nexplanon release hormones that prevent the body from ovulating. Some women report weight gain when using this birth control method. In most users, however, the gain is only a few pounds and can be offset by simple lifestyle changes. Birth control implants release a synthetic form of the hormone […]

Can you get pregnant right after stopping the pill?A look at how soon you can get pregnant after stopping the pill. Included is detail on how the pill works and what research says about stopping.21 Nov 2017

Taking the pill does not mean a woman never wants to get pregnant. If the time arrives when she does want to conceive, she may wonder how long it will take her to become pregnant. The answer to this question can depend not only on when she stopped taking the pill but other factors, including […]

What to know about monophasic birth controlLearn about the monophasic birth control pill, a form of contraception. This article examines its uses, benefits, and possible side effects.23 Nov 2017

Monophasic birth control pills are a form of contraception. They contain equal amounts of the hormones estrogen and progestin for an entire monthly cycle. For more than 50 years, birth control pills have given women the peace of mind of knowing that they won’t get pregnant until they are ready for a baby. Around 82 […]

“Fat but fit” still face higher heart disease risk

Harvard Heart Letter “Fat but fit” still face higher heart disease risk Research we’re watching Published: November, 2017 People who carry excess weight but have normal blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol values are sometimes dubbed “fat but fit.” But they’re still more likely to develop heart disease than people who aren’t overweight, a new […]

Overcoming resistant hypertension

Harvard Men’s Health Watch Overcoming resistant hypertension As men live longer, more face the challenge of difficult-to-control high blood pressure. Published: November, 2017 Image: © KatarzynaBialasiewicz/Thinkstock High blood pressure, or hypertension, remains a common health issue for a majority of older men. In fact, approximately 54% to 67% of men ages 65 and older suffer […]

Marijuana linked to high blood pressure risk

Harvard Heart Letter Marijuana linked to high blood pressure risk Research we’re watching Published: November, 2017 People who smoke marijuana may face a higher risk of dying of complications of high blood pressure than people who never use the drug, new research suggests. The study included 1,213 people ages 20 and older who were part […]

Is my blood pressure too low?

Harvard Women’s Health Watch Is my blood pressure too low? Ask the doctors Published: November, 2017 Q.The July 2017 issue of Harvard Women’s Health Watch spoke about the potential problems related to low blood pressure when taking blood pressure medication. My readings meet the definition of low blood pressure outlined in the article, but I […]

Beta blocker blues?

Harvard Heart Letter Beta blocker blues? Ask the doctor Published: November, 2017 Q.My doctor added metoprolol to the diuretic medication I’m taking for my high blood pressure. Ever since then, I’ve felt more tired than usual, and my wife says I seem a little depressed. Could the new drug be to blame, and if so, […]