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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.
Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgical Oncology 17 years experience
Possibly: The birth control pills that have unopposed estrogen have been associated with an increased risk of breast cancer. Although this remains controversial.

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A 44-year-old member asked:

Are birth control pills the same as hormone replacement therapy?

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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.
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How is a barium enema used to treat a child's gastrointestinal tract birth defects?

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
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It's not.: It is used to diagnose GI tract birth defects; it is used to treat an acquired condition called intususception, in which small bowel "telescopes" and becomes jammed in large bowel. Barium under pressure pushes it back out while at the same time showing "before" and "after" pictures -- confirming both diagnosis and cure.
A 28-year-old member asked:

Is Combivent (albuterol and ipratropium) safe for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding?

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Yes: It is very important to keep your asthma well-controlled during pregnancy. You should take your prescribed inhalers as recommended.
A 44-year-old member asked:

What are the optimal blood glucose levels for pregnant women with gestational diabetes?

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Dr. Nicholas Fogelson
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Low!: Less than 95 fasting, and less than 120 2 hours after meals. (some are a little more liberal with fastings, allowing less than 105). Gestational diabetic are less likely to have problems with fasting sugars as they are with postprandial (after meals) sugars.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Why do pregnant women get urinary tract infections?

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Progesterone: The hormone Progesterone starts to go up pretty early in the pregnancy. It slows done the urine system and makes a woman more predisposed to urinary tract infections.

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