Barry Littlejohn is a physician in private practice in Glendale, Arizona. His dedication to personalized healthcare has won him countless devoted patients since he opened his practice there in 2008, and has also won him three Patients’ Choice Awards.
He treats a full range of women’s health issues, including ovarian cysts, infertility, and birth control. He says that in his experience, many women do not understand the health risks that are associated with birth control that manipulates their hormones.
Hormonal birth control can have serious side effects, he says, including nausea, vomiting, and constipation; breast swelling or tenderness; a decreased libido; weight gain or loss of appetite; headaches, dizziness and fatigue; mood swings; and many others.
Barry Littlejohn says that many women can take hormonal birth control and have none of these or other side effects. But none of these side effects mentioned above are to be taken lightly. And for those patients of his who do have problems with hormonal birth control, he recommends some drug-free alternative methods.
Some of the methods are grouped into what are called the barrier methods. Those include using a latex condom for male partners, which have the added benefit of protecting against any form of a sexually transmitted disease, including AIDS. Barrier methods also include the sponge, cervical cap, or a diaphragm, the copper IUD. Barry Littlejohn recommends that women read up on the effectiveness of these methods and discuss them with their partners to decide what is best for their personal situation.