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can birth control pills cause or help heart problems?

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Dr. Alan Patterson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 42 years experience
BCPILLS: Can cause rarely ht attack , blood clots, strokes, if you have ht problems you would need to check with both your cardiologist and gyn before using any type of birth control pill , depending on your problem and situation, some people can and some people cannot.

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Are heart murmurs classified as birth defects?

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 35 years experience
No: Murmurs that are not caused by an abnormality are common. They are called "functional murmurs", and are of no concern whatsoever.
Dr. Michael Moran
Cardiology 33 years experience
Depends, murmur due to a Bicuspid Aortic Valve, a Ventriculoseptal Defect (VSD), a patent Ductus Arteriosus, or others can have serious implications. You need to specify what the Murmur is due to, while it could be just a functional murmur, others may require further treatment.
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A 37-year-old member asked:

Can I take birth control pills while breastfeeding?

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Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 43 years experience
Yes: During breastfeeding, you can use progesterone-only birth control pills. You should avoid estrogen containing pills because they can decrease your milk supply. Other Progesterone only forms of contraception that are useful postpartum are depo-provera, the Implanon implant, and the levonorgesterol iud.
A 37-year-old member asked:

When does postpartum depression usually present after giving birth?

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Dr. Terrence Harris
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Up to 6 months: Pp depression can present anywhere from immediately following birth, up to 6 months after. If at any time you feel symptoms of depressed mood, talk with your doctor. There are treatments available, and if caught early enough, medication may not be necessary.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Is it safe to take birth control while taking antibiotics?

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Dr. Lonna Larsh
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Yes, but: Most antibiotics and many other medications lower the effectiveness of birth control pills, so it is safest to also use condoms as well.
A 48-year-old member asked:

Is garlic washing a natural and effective option for group b strep treatment in labor for home birth?

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Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Parkanswered
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Doubtful: Group b strep infection in newborn, typically acquired from colonized birth canal, can be serious. Pregnant mother should receive penicillin. Don't fool around. Garlic used to be hung around the neck to ward off bad germs & spirit in the medieval era.

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