May 14, 2021
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Currently, an astonishing 45 percent of the 6 million pregnancies in the United States each year are unintended. Every year, 2.8 million American women, married and unmarried, young and not so young, are expecting an outcome they didn’t expect. According to the Guttmacher Institute, another way to look at this data is that nearly 5% --or 5 in 100-- American women aged 15—44 have an unintended pregnancy each year. The Guttmacher Institute also reports that on average, U.S. women say they want to have two children. To accomplish that, a woman will spend close to three years pregnant, postpartum or attempting to become pregnant, and about three decades—more than three-quarters of her reproductive life—trying to avoid an unintended pregnancy.
Here to discuss this & related issues is Dr. ALYSSA DWECK a practicing gynecologist in Westchester County, New York and a paid spokesperson for Twirla. She has delivered thousands of babies. . . and counseled thousands more women about how to prevent making babies when they don’t want to.
A graduate of Barnard College, she has a Master’s Degree in Human Nutrition from Columbia University and a Medical Degree from Hahnemann University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. She has been voted a “Top Doctor” in New York Magazine and Westchester County. You may have read one or more of the 3 books she has co-authored: The Complete A to Z for your V, The Sexual Spark, and V is for Vagina.
This episode of “In The Ladies’ Room with Dr. Donnica” is sponsored by the makers of Twirla, the levonorgestrel and ethinyl estradiol transdermal system. Twirla is a weekly birth control patch for women with a body mass index, or BMI, less than 30 who can become pregnant. Twirla is less effective in women with a BMI of 25 or more. If you have BMI of 30 or more, please talk to your healthcare provider about which method of birth control is right for you. Please see boxed warnings regarding cardiovascular risks associated with smoking and with having a BMI over 30 as well as other safety information at the end of this podcast and linked above.