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how quick do oral contraceptives work?

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Dr. Vakas Sial
Internal Medicine 24 years experience
Within a few days: They should start hormonal changes after taking and should be effective within a few days. Please see your doctor before proceeding with the use of oral contraceptives and to discuss the risks further.

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A 42-year-old member asked:

Which oral contraceptives have pills to shorten your cycle?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
Pill shorten cycle: Why do you want to shrten the cycle.If your question is to shorten the period when you are bleeding. Most of the birth control pills shorten your periods.Chose a pill with low estrogen and modified progestin, or take no period pills.
A 35-year-old member asked:

How safe is it to take oral contraceptives?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. David Kurss
Obstetrics and Gynecology 39 years experience
Very safe: Assuming that one is in good health, doesn't smoke over the age of 35, has no risk of leg/lung clots, the pill is quite safe - even safer than pregnancy.
A 47-year-old member asked:

What medicines reduce effect of oral contraceptives?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Adam Levy
Dr. Adam Levy answered
Obstetrics and Gynecology 37 years experience
Many: Several antibiotics and even some cold medicatins can potentially do this. Best advice...Use condoms too when on other medications, especially prescriptions usless your gyn evaluates them and gives the ok to use pills alone.
A 29-year-old member asked:

Do oral contraceptives have long term side effects?

1 doctor answer5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Swor
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Generally safe: Over the last 50 years or so, oral contraceptives have been shown to be effective and safe for use by most healthy women. There have been some concerns about increasing risks for certain cancers, but many documented health benefits with long-term use. The formulas and dosages have continued to be fine-tuned and lowered, making today's pills safer than ever.
A 32-year-old member asked:

What are the health risks associated with oral contraceptives?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Kurss
Obstetrics and Gynecology 39 years experience
Minimal: Main risks are blood clots in the leg or lung and stroke. All very very uncommon. Main benefits are good, safe, reliable contraception, shorter/lighter periods, less pms and cramping, regular menses, reduced ovary and uterine cancer, less anemia. ....Overall benefits far outweigh the risks.

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