Here’s how morning-after pills like Plan B differ from abortion pills
In the wake of the recent Supreme Court decision and growing concern over a woman’s reproductive rights, there is now an increased demand for morning-after pills. The morning-after pill, whose most well-known trade name is “Plan B,” does not cause an abortion. It is intended as emergency contraception for use immediately after unprotected intercourse, but there is some confusion and even controversy over these pills.
Leaked SCOTUS opinion: A look at the future of abortion in Michigan if Roe is overturned
The right to abortions has been widely debated among Americans and lawmakers alike in recent years -- a debate that has nearly reached a boiling point today, given that the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to decide this summer whether to overturn a landmark 1973 abortion ruling.
Deep dive: What future of abortion in Michigan looks like if Roe is overturned
The right to abortions has been widely debated among Americans and lawmakers alike in recent years -- a debate that has nearly reached a boiling point today, given a new Texas law that could potentially impact national abortion regulations.
Does my beard impact my mask’s effectiveness? Can I catch COVID from a dog?
DETROIT – Many people have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine as it’s being rolled out to more people in Michigan. Read More: Local 4′s Dr. Frank McGeorge answers COVID vaccine questions“Does my beard impact my mask’s effectiveness?”The two most important considerations about masks are filtration and fit. You don’t have to shave the beard off to get a more snug mask fit, just be aware that it does impact its effectiveness. Secondly, we don’t know if it’s possible for vaccinated people to asymptomatically spread coronavirus. “We’re buying a dog from a breeder who told us their family had COVID, is it possible for the puppy to infect us?”Probably not.
Should I get the vaccine if I’m pregnant? Can it make me sterile or infertile?
DETROIT – Many people have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine as it’s being rolled out to more people in Michigan. Read More: Local 4′s Dr. Frank McGeorge answers COVID vaccine questions“Should I get the vaccine if I’m pregnant or trying to conceive?”Unfortunately, the answer is complicated with differing opinions. There were a very small number of women in the Phase 3 vaccine trials who became pregnant after their first dose and no adverse outcomes were found. Until there is more definitive safety information, the CDC recommends people who are pregnant and eligible for the vaccine may choose to be vaccinated. It recommends pregnant people to not use an MRNA vaccine in pregnancy unless the benefit of vaccinating a pregnant woman outweighs the potential vaccine risks.
FDA extends pregnancy warning for common pain relievers
WASHINGTON – Pregnant women should avoid a group of common pain relievers including Advil and Aleve for the last four months of pregnancy, federal health officials said Thursday, expanding the warning from three months. They can lead to kidney problems in the fetus that can result in low levels of amniotic fluid that fills the womb. In one exception, the FDA said the new warning does not apply to low-dose aspirin when recommended by a doctor. Federal regulators said they decided to extend the warning after finding 35 cases of the amniotic fluid problem reported to the FDA and reviewing similar examples in published research. Use of the pain relievers reduced amniotic fluid in as little as two days, in some cases, the FDA said.
My pandemic pregnancy: From infertility to cancer to IVF to a 20-week scare: ‘It happened exactly how it was supposed to’
When Hillary Calhoun’s fertility doctor brought her in for a procedure and then a nurse called her just a few short business days later, asking her to come into the office immediately, the now-36-year-old had a hunch something wasn’t right.
Can a pregnant woman spread the coronavirus to her fetus?
Can a pregnant woman spread the coronavirus to her fetus? Its possible, but it seems to be relatively rare and scientists think they know why that is. Many viruses can cross the placenta and infect a fetus in the womb, and evidence has been growing that the coronavirus sometimes can too. In another, a newborn had certain coronavirus antibodies that are unable to cross the placenta, so they could not have come from the mother. A report from France gave even stronger evidence of in-the-womb infection, and that newborn was very ill at birth.
Are you pregnant or trying for a baby? Everything to know as coronavirus pandemic continues
Whether you’re pregnant now or you were hoping to be in the next few months, this might feel like an overwhelming time, living through the current coronavirus, or COVID-19, pandemic. Time magazine recently reported that fact in an article this week about COVID-19 and how it relates to pregnant women. Yes, pregnant women are generally more susceptible to viruses, for example, the flu. It’s true that there’s limited information and published literature about exactly how susceptible pregnant women are to COVID-19, and the severity of infection. If you’re pregnant or had been trying for a baby, stay in even better contact with your doctor or health care provider.