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5 Scary Birth Control Side Effects You Shouldn’t Ignore

It’s estimated that more than 11 million women use oral contraceptives (aka “the pill”) in the U.S. alone. It’s hard to believe but it wasn’t always easily accessible. During the 60’s, oral contraceptive pills (OCPs) were illegal in eight states, and it wasn’t until years later that the benefits of birth control were recognized by the FDA. In addition to preventing pregnancy, birth control pills are also commonly used to treat a whole host of problems including severe cramps, irregular periods, and acne.

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Gardening & Organic Pest Control

Growing beautiful flowers, fruits and vegetables sometimes means battling against leaf-chomping pests and disfiguring diseases. Organic pest control involves a combination of smart planning and picking your battles in the garden. When you forgo all chemical pesticides, you may give up a few petals or a some peas in the pod, but the trade-off is a safe garden for your family and your pets.

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Types of Birth Control Pills Available

When birth control pills (or the Pill) were first made available to women in 1960, it was a liberating breakthrough. For the first time, women had a way to directly control reproduction. What they couldn’t control were the significant side effects associated with birth control pills, which until the 1980s were produced as a one-dose, one-hormone-fits all medication. Today however there are a number of different types of birth control pills available, with different hormones in differing levels, giving women a number of options to minimize side effects and maximize reproductive control.

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Common Winter Allergies

The common cold often strikes in winter. Before you reach for the cold medicine, you might want to consider whether your runny nose, scratchy throat and watery eyes might be symptoms of winter allergies. While spring and fall months often bring an increase in allergy symptoms for people with pollen allergies, symptoms may be worse during the winter for those with other allergies.