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Dr. Tanya Russo
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Birth Control (Overview)

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, intrauterine devices, and implants.


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Birth control, help!?

Birth control, help!?

Many options: There are many options available for effective contraception. The best method for you depends on your age, medical history, your contraceptive goals (long term or short term), previous forms of contraception and why you discontinued them, etc. Speak to your local gyn, they will be glad to discuss your options with you.

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Dr. Tanya Russo
4 Doctors shared insights

Birth Control (Overview)

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, intrauterine devices, and implants.


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How safe is birth control?

How safe is birth control?

Safer than Pregnancy: Since the birth control method is not specifed in the queston. In general, if a patient does not have contraindications to a specific method of birth control, all methods are considered safer than pregnancy, which has a higher risk of complications and mortality (death) rate).

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Birth control (Tip)

9% of women will get pregnant in the first year of using birth control pills. ...See more

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How good is birth control?

How good is birth control?

>95%: With "perfect" use (that is : not missing pills, and taking pills at the approximately same time everyday) more than 95% effective at preventing pregnancy.

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How much is birth control?

How much is birth control?

Depends: This depends on where you live and what kind of birth control you want. The cheapest method I know of is to use a brand of pills called sprintec. It is $12 for 3 packs at any walmart or kroger.

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Birth control (Tip)

Find/take your pill before your brush your teeth so you can't leave your house without doing it! ...See more

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How to chose birth control?

How to chose birth control?

Get informed: You can read about various forms of birth control and select the form most appealing to you. You can discuss the available options with your doctor.

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Is birth control dangerous?

It all depends: Different birth control methods have different safety profiles. It depends on a individual woman's medical circumstances.

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Birth control (Tip)

One per day - ideally at the same time. Don't take if over 35 yo and smoke. Spotting gen. Resolves. ...See more

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How can birth control work?

Varies: That depends on the type of birth control used: condom, spermicide, iud, diaphragm, contraceptive medications. Some may provide a barrier and some may work hormonally.

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How good is my birth control?

Discuss with doctor: Effectiveness of birth control varies depending on the method type and use by the patient. Permanent sterilization, implants, iuds are among the most effective (99% with perfect use) while pills, patches, and injections are not as effective but still reliably prevent pregnancy (94-98%). A woman's knowledge of proper timing and administration should be from extensive counseling by her doctor.

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Birth control (Tip)

Am I a good candidate for pills? Are there better options (Nuvaring, IUD, Implanon)? how do I start? ...See more

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Affects of birth control shot?

Affects of birth control shot?

A few things: The depoprovera shot is very effective and easy to use. You will need one shot every 3 months. Most patients will have no periods but some will have irregular periods. It is an appetite stimulant. The excess hunger can cause weight gain for some. Long term use can lead to some bone loss.

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Where can I get birth control?

Where can I get birth control?

Store or Office: You can get condoms at any pharmacy store. Most towns have a planned parenthood office which offers all types of birth control as well as well-women exams or see your family physician. You can also call any ob/gyn office to schedule an appointment at your convenience. Most physicians offer birth control so make a call soon.

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Is expired birth control safe?

Is expired birth control safe?

Define "safe": Taking it will likely not lead to any toxic reaction. It won't kill you. The expiration date is the end of its useful life, or the date beyond which the hormones contained in the pills weaken to the point they cannot work. If you try to use this for birth control, I would be sure to use backup at the same time.

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Switching birth control - help?

Switching birth control - help?

Many options: There are many options available for effective contraception. The best method for you depends on your age, medical history, your contraceptive goals (long term or short term), previous forms of contraception and why you discontinued them, etc. Speak to your local gyn, they will be glad to discuss your options with you.

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Can birth control be too strong?

Can birth control be too strong?

Birth controll pills: It depends on what pills you use discuss with your doctor.

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I have a birth control question?

I have a birth control question?

YES--ask away: Using birth control to prevent unintended pregnancy and to plan carefully for when you want a pregnancy is a healthy choice. Hormonal birth control is typically safer than pregnancy for most women. The most effective contraceptive methods are call larc--long-acting reversible contraceptives, and include iuds and an implant beneath the skin. Iuds are good for 5 or 10 years and the implant for 3.

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How much is birth control patch?

$90: My database shows an average cost of approximately $90 per month. This is from www. Drugstore. Com, and with no contribution from your health plan insurance. Sometimes family planning clinics do offer sliding scales for birth control.

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How can the birth control works?

That depends.: Depends on type of birth control - some works through a barrier to semen and others work through hormones. (condom, spermicide, iud, diaphragm, birth control pills etc).

Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Contraception (Definition)

Contraceptiion is a means of preventing conception (or fertilization). There are hormonal and non hormonal methods of preventing sperm and egg from meeting. Talk to your doctor or clinic about what options are best for you. There are short acting methods (condoms, pills, patch, ring) and long ...Read more