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A 18-year-old female asked:

i switched birth control recently and now i'm breaking out, what can i do, or do i just need to wait till my body gets used to the new birth control?

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Dr. Alvin Lin
Dr. Alvin Lin answered
Geriatrics 30 years experience
Birth control pills: The ball is in your court. In fact, the ball is always in your court. You're the boss. So if you don't like some medication b/c side effects, tell prescribing doc & ask for alternative. With birth control pills, we usually warn women that it takes 3mo to get used to new hormones. Only you can decide if side effects are tolerable & for how long you can put up w/side effects.

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I know it takes awhile for your body to adjust to birth control. How do you know when it's kicked in?

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How do I know exactly what does birth control do to your body?

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I get thunder clap headaches from time to time could this be my body adjusting to birth control?

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Dr. Robert Isaacs
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