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A 47-year-old member asked:

how do you know if you are taking a strong enough dose of an oral contraceptive?

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Dr. Marianne DiNapoli
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Obstetrics and Gynecology 8 years experience
FDA approved: Only very low doses of hormones are needed for effective prevention of pregnancy in oral contraceptive pills. All of the brands that are fda (food & drug administration) approved in the us are at an adequate dose to be effective.
Dr. Andrea Bretal
Internal Medicine 24 years experience
Standart dose: All contraceptives have a standart dose that works if you use it in the correct way, that means basically don't miss any pills take it everyday at the same time. Always read the package instructions and follows as it says you can't go wrong with it.

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How do birth control pills affect your risk of breast cancer?

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How long does it take to get pregnant after stopping either birth control pills or depo-provera shots?

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A 24-year-old female asked:

I'm not on any type of birth control. My period is 16 days late I took a pregnancy test today it came back negative. What could be going on.?

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Dr. Alan Patterson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 42 years experience
Do a blood PT: You need a blood bhcg, if neg could be form other hormones being not right or other pronblems, your gyn can figure out what is going on when you see your gyn or a gyn, they will do an exam, blood work and ultrasound.

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