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A 19-year-old female asked:

what makes oral contraceptives only 97%-99% effective and not 100%?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Life is not perfect: Life is never perfect nor 100%. Things just happen, sometimes. Each woman's body has to respond to the artificial hormones in the pills, and maybe once in a rare while she still manages to ovulate. The percentages are about a population of women, NOT about one woman. Medical statistics have to be interpreted this way, because nobody knows what the percentage effectiveness is for a specific woman.
Dr. Charles Whiting
Obstetrics and Gynecology 27 years experience
Human Factors: The most common reason for oral contraception failure is incorrect use (Missing pills, starting wrong, etc). Other common causes are antibiotics, vomiting up the pills, etc. The chance of pregnancy during the first year if the pill is taken perfectly is low, 0.3%. "Perfect use" pregnancies are probably due to failure to suppress ovulation. Best Wishes!

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What should I do after I take emergency contraceptive pills?

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Can birthcontrol pills cause me not to really be wet at all and decrease how my orgasms feel?

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A 34-year-old member asked:

Ever since I stopped the pill I have lots of pimples? Dont know if only solution is to start alesse again? Any suggestions please

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Prednisone, aldacton: Other options including prescription topical medications is short term use of oral Prednisone 5 mg per month, Aldactone (spironolactone) a water pill used as an anti androgen or tagamet used as an anti androgen. For fast relief laser can improve acne in about 3 weeks. See a dermatologist who offers these treatment options.

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