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 44 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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A 48-year-old member asked:
Can i take stool softener pills if im breastfeeding?
Dr. James Ferguson
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A 21-year-old male asked:
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