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How to Understand Birth Control with Dr. Michelle Francis

Learn about Dr. Michelle Francis, one of Howcast's birth control experts, in this video.


My name is Michelle Francis. I'm an OB/GYN physician, and I love to talk about birth control. I've been a practicing OB/GYN physician for over nine years, and I really enjoy helping women through all phases of their life, from starting their periods and not knowing what they need to know about their bodies to when they decide to have children and right through into menopause.

I really enjoy talking to patients about family planning. Birth control, contraception, however you want to say it, it's one of the ways that women can choose between having children now, in the future, or not at all.

Working women who have heavy, painful periods may not want to get a period at all. If there's a way I can intervene to help make their lives easier. I'm happy to do it.

One of the ways I can provide that information is to educate women through video and by talking to them in the office about their birth control options. So today I'm going to talk to you about the many options that women have to prevent pregnancy.

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