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A 39-year-old member asked:

Is there a birth control that would help keep acne down yet not keep me dry during sex?

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Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 46 years experience
Combination pills: Most combination birth control methods (combined birth control pills, the patch, and the ring) help acne for most women and rarely cause vaginal dryness. Progestin-only methods (the shot, the implant, and sometimes the hormone iud)can make acne worse and can cause vaginal dryness. Of course there are benefits and risks of all medications that you should discuss with your clinician.
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A 49-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me what to do about birth control acne issue help?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Edwin Ishoo
A Verified Doctoranswered
30 years experience
Hormonal Acne: What are the issues? do birth control pills reduce or worsen the acne? How old are you? what type of medications are you on? what type of acne do you have? Obviously a doctor prescribed the birth control, please direct your concern to that doctor since they actually have some information on you.
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A 24-year-old female asked:
I read that most birth control pills that reduce acne, also reduce libido. Is this true? Is there one that clears acne without reducing sex drive?
Dr. Christine Hom
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Side effects: Oral contraceptives/birth control pills were developed to prevent pregnancy. A side effect of improving acne was noted. Loss of desire for intercour... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Can i safely take doxycycline for acne with birth control while having unprotected sex? Been on birth control for 2 years. What are my risks?
Dr. Juan Rojas
Gynecology 53 years experience
No.: Do not take Doxycycline and your oral birth control together as you increase your risk for the birth control to fail (i.e. Get pregnant). If you are g... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
I am currently taking mercillon as birth control and also to control acne. I have noticed weight gain and low sex drive. Alternative method that would control acne and not cause weight gain?
Dr. John Berryman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 56 years experience
Oral bcp's: Weight gain is usually not caused by low dose oral contraceptives like "mercillon", but may be responsible for a "lower sex drive". It is important ... Read More
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A 18-year-old member asked:
Is there a birth control I can use that will increase sex drive and breast size while not giving me the side effect of acne?
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology 59 years experience
Where to begin?: Some birth control pills make acne better, some make it worse. While hormone factors are there, almost all libido is determined by mental attitudes. B... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
I have been on low dose birth control. Is there a chance of pregnancy if i take monodox (doxycycline monohydrate) 100mg for acne 2 nights after having sex?
Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 24 years experience
Low risk: The risk is low but there are options. You could check to a more effective birth control method such as an iud or change to a different acne medicatio... Read More
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Last updated Dec 9, 2013

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