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Dr. Ana Adelstein
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Birth Control Pills (Definition)

Also known as oral contraceptives, birth control pills are highly effective oral medications that use hormones to prevent pregnancy. There are two main types of birth control pills: one with estrogen and progestin (also known as the combination pill) and one with just progestin. The two main ways they prevent pregnancy are: 1) The hormones thicken the cervical mucous, which keeps sperm from entering the uterus on their way to the egg; and 2) By maintaining a level of hormone in the blood stream that prevents the ...Read more


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Is a contraceptive pill still effective if assumed 4 hours after 3 pills of absorbent carbon? Thanks, so worried...

Is a contraceptive pill still effective if assumed 4 hours after 3 pills of absorbent carbon? Thanks, so worried...

Probably: Yr stomach contents empty within 2 hours, so i think you are safe. It also depends where in your pill cycle you are. Why did you take carbon? If you take antibiotics, have diarrhea/ vomiting your pill may not be completely absorbed before excreted and not work as well. Even if you forget one pill completely your hormone levels should prevent pregnancy. Consider larc!= iud/nexplanon. ...Read more

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Can alcohol reduce the effectiveness of the contraceptive pill? If you drink some alcohol 1-2 hours after taking it?

Can alcohol reduce the effectiveness of the contraceptive pill? If you drink some alcohol 1-2 hours after taking it?

No, still effective: Alcohol is reported not to affect the effectiveness of birth control, but BCP may slow one's metabolism of alcohol, causing one to be impaired at lower amounts of intake. In addition, alcohol may definitely impair judgement regarding choice of partner or use of condoms/safe sex and has been known to cause some erectile dysfunction in men. ...Read more

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I took my microgynon contraceptive pill but i was sick an hour later, i didn't take my next pill for another 24 hours as usual. Could i be pregnant?

Take the test: If you want to know if you are pregnant, take a test. In today's world you do not need to wonder if you are pregnant or not based on symptoms. Pregnancy tests are available at any pharmacy and in minutes you will have your answer. They can detect a pregnancy 7-10 days after conception. The best time to take one is when you miss your period. ...Read more

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Me and my gf had sex 4 days after her menses, and had unwanted 72 contraceptive pill at 47 hours time.. is my gf safe from pregnancy??.

Me and my gf had sex 4 days after her menses, and had unwanted 72 contraceptive pill at 47 hours time.. is my gf safe from pregnancy??.

I think so: It sounds like you used emergency contraception. I'm a little unclear on the terminology that you're using. It is generally accepted that emergency contraception used within 96 hours is about 80-90% effective. Good luck! ...Read more

Dr. Michael Gabor
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Birth Control (Definition)

Also known as contraception, birth control is a method to prevent pregnancy. Some methods of birth control include a vasectomy, tubal ligation, oral contraceptive pills, vaginal rings, hormone injections, condoms, diaphragms, sponges, ...Read more