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Mirena is a long acting reversible contraceptive that is implanted into the womb.  It is considered a hormonal intrauterine contraceptive device (IUD) that releases small amounts of the hormone levonorgestrel locally into uterus through a soft and flexible plastic device approximately 3 cm long.   It provides up to five years of birth control protection. The maker of Mirena, Bayer, says that it is more than 99% effective at preventing pregnancy, making it one of the…

The latest celebrity skin care buzz:  Bee venom facials, night creams, and other bee-sourced skin care products.  Manufacturers are touting bee venom as “nature’s answer to Botox”. Bee venom is mixed with other natural compounds including honey, shea butter, and essential oils of rose and lavender.  The combination of these ingredients is believed to stimulate the skin’s natural ability to heal and leaves skin smooth and soft. Additionally, individuals that suffer from acne and acne…