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A 47-year-old member asked:

how long after taking desogen (ethinyl estradiol and desogestrel) is it okay to have unprotected sex?

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Dr. Stephen Sudler
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Depends on start: Combination pills you may start the combination pill at any time. If you start within five days after the start of your period, you are protected against pregnancy right away. You will not need to use a backup method of birth control. You should also employ safe sex practices (use condoms).

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Does breastfeeding influence women's sex drive?

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Is estradiol safe for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding?

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Can amoxicillin plus clavulanic acid affect birth control pills?

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Dr. Kevin O'neil
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What might cause green coloration on my vagina when using nordette (ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel)?

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Dr. Jane Van Dis
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Vaginal discharge: Sometimes vaginal discharge has a green hue to it. Typically it's not a sign of infection so long as you don't have any itching or foul smell associated with it. Regardless, however, if you're concerned you may want to see a physician and get checked out for any possible infection, including possible stds. I haven't heard of birth control causing a change in the skin color of the vagina.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Is it ok to take a stool softener with birth control pills?

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Dr. Alan Patterson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 42 years experience
Yes: Will not interfere, but if you are 47 you may want to consider an in office tubal by the essure or adiana method that I do on my pts takes 5 minutes easy to do minimal to no pain miss 1/2 day of work, and then if u do not want periods you can get an in office endometrial abaltion to get rid of the endometrial tissue so no more periods or cramps takes 8 minutes easy to do.

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