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A 16-year-old female asked:

when will you stop taking oral contraceptive pills?

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Dr. Antoanella Calame
Dermatology 19 years experience
?: Whenever you want to stop taking birth control pills you can. You won't be protected from getting pregnant. If you don't want to get pregnant and you don't like taking birth control pills there are other birth control methods.

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A 44-year-old member asked:

Are birth control pills the same as hormone replacement therapy?

3 doctor answers13 doctors weighed in
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 43 years experience
No: Birth control pills and HRT contain different types of Estrogens and progesterones and different dosages of hormones. They have been developed to meet different needs for women at different stages of their lives and thus have different risks, benefits, and side effects.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Do hormones from the birth control increase a woman's risk of developng breast cancer?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Possibly: Studies have shown that the use of birth control pills may be associated with an increased risk of developing breast cancer. This association appears to go away 10 years after discontinuing bcps.
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A 24-year-old member asked:

Is there a connection between hormonal birth control and breast cancer?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Yes: Women who use birth control pills (bcps) are at a slightly higher risk of developing breast cancer yet this risk seems to disappear if you stop the medication more than 10 years previously and have not developed cancer during that decade. In contrast, bcps may lower the risk of developing ovarian cancer. Like all medications, there are risks v. Benefits that should be discussed with your doctor.
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A 35-year-old member asked:

What is the best birth control for women who have uterine cancer in their family history?

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Rebecca Gray
Obstetrics and Gynecology 14 years experience
IUD: The Mirena (levonorgestrel) iud releases Progesterone locally to the uterus and helps prevent endometrial hyperplasia. There are many types of uterine cancer and you will need to discuss with your doctor your risks based on the type that runs in your family.
A 24-year-old member asked:

Does using over-the-counter topical antibiotics (such as walgreens triple antibiotic ointment or neosporin) reduce the effectiveness of birth control pills?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kevin Considine
Family Medicine 30 years experience
No: No theses are topical treatments and should not have any effect on birth control pills.

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Last updated Dec 3, 2014

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