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A 16-year-old female asked:

do you really need to take oral contraceptive pills every night or depends on what particular time you started taking it? i took it 2:33 pm. is it ok

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Dr. Alan Patterson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 42 years experience
For the most: Effectiveness bc pills should be taken at the same time every day , it can be off by 1-2 hrs, if occasionally it is off by more than that usually it should be ok, if u miss an entire day , take 2 the next day and use backup birth control the rest of that cycle.

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Do birth control pills increase the risk of breast cancer if you skip the placebos?

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I started on birth control and now im having abdonmen pain & brown spotting or dischange. Is that normal?

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Possibly: Anytime a new birth control is started, it can cause side effects such as nausea, cramping, break through bleeding or discharge. Consult with your doctor immediately if the pain is moderate, severe, or long lasting, if bleeding worsens or is continuous, and if you get any lightheadedness or dizziness.
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My breasts are enlarged and producing milk, but I am not pregnant or sexually active, why? Not on birth control either.

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A 26-year-old female asked:

I was taking levlen (ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel) for 10 years, 1 year ago I stopped & i'm yet to get my period.I've heard it takes time, but is this cause 4 concern? Not pregnant

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Dr. Miguel Cano
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Could be: Not having a menstrual cycle after a year of stopping levlen (ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel) seems abnormal unless you've reached menopause. If you are still pre-menopausal, your endometrial lining can overdevelop & put you at risk for hyperplasia or cancer. See your gyn for an evaluation which should consist of labs (tsh, fsh, upt, prolactin), pelvic ultrasound, & possible endometrial biopsy (emb).
A 46-year-old member asked:

Is it possible for oral contraceptive pills cause cancer?

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Dr. Douglas Lawson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 28 years experience
In general no.: The pill actually reduces non genetic epithelial ovarian cancer. It also likely prevents endometrial cancer in annovulatory women. However, indirectly you may see an increase in cervical cancer in pill users who decide that while on the pill it is ok to skip condoms with new partners. Having multiple partners without using a condom increases hpv contact and hpv can cause cervical cancer.

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