Healthy Choice

April 20, 1993|By New York Times Syndication

Birth control is an important issue that affects a woman's overall health, says Dr. Ronald Chez, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of South Florida in Tampa.

When a woman is weighing contraceptive options, she needs to consider any health conditions she has had in the past, such as overweight, high cholesterol, anemia or an abnormal Pap-smear

result.

Dr. Chez also believes the following issues should be part of any doctor/patient discussion about birth control: frequency of intercourse, number of sexual partners, risk of exposure to sexually transmitted diseases, degree of reliability a woman demands from a contraceptive and interest in future pregnancies.

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