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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


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I used my birth control pills to skip my period 2 months in a row. I've been breakthrough bleeding for a week. Should I just let it start?

I used my birth control pills to skip my period 2 months in a row. I've been breakthrough bleeding for a week. Should I just let it start?

Depends: You can stop your pills and let it start, but since it's the middle of a pack you'll need to use condoms until you get 2 weeks into the next package. Or, you could put up with the breakthrough bleeding but stay on track with your pills and then take the placebo pills at the appropriate time. You may/may not have a normal period then, but you'll be protected if you start your next pack on time. ...Read more

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I am on birth control pill. I had breakthrough bleeding midway through the month (fairly heavy, lasted 2 days) and now no period. I am sexually active, but we use condoms along with the pills. Is this normal to miss a period after breakthrough bleeding?

I am on birth control pill. I had breakthrough bleeding midway through the month (fairly heavy, lasted 2 days) and now no period. I am sexually active, but we use condoms along with the pills. Is this normal to miss a period after breakthrough bleeding?

Hormone dependent: Depending on where you are hormonally a period can be missed. To be sure you are not pregnant, get an over the counter early pick up testing kit. Be sure you always take your birth control pill daily and on time. You are being responsible about protected sex. Good job! ...Read more

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I'm on birth control. I take all the active pills and skip the dummies so as to have maybe 4 periods a year. Lately I've been bleeding heavily. Cause?

I'm on birth control. I take all the active pills and skip the dummies so as to have maybe 4 periods a year. Lately I've been bleeding heavily. Cause?

Pills or other: The most common side effect of extended bc pills is unpredictable, irregular bleeding.It's not entirely clear why it happens, nor exactly clear how to treat or prevent it. Almost everyone has irregular bleeding at least at first with continuous pills. But, there are other serious causes of heavy bleeding--from pregnancy, to infections (stis or other), to polyps, to cysts. See your doctor. ...Read more

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I skip my periods on birth control and I took one a couple hours late and have had break through bleeding for a week. How can I make it stop?

I skip my periods on birth control and I took one a couple hours late and have had break through bleeding for a week. How can I make it stop?

Wait: Taking a pill three hours late should not do this- you may be pregnant, get checked. Otherwise, monitor this, if it continues much more than an additional week, see your doctor. ...Read more

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On birth control missed 2 pills now had breakthrough bleed for over 2 weeks that's mostly brown mucus should I take normal pill break or skip period?

On birth control missed 2 pills now had breakthrough bleed for over 2 weeks that's mostly brown mucus should I take normal pill break or skip period?

Skip period: Sounds like the expected withdrawal bleeding. I would let the period finish it's course. Use contraception in the meantime (condoms) and start the pill again with the next cycle. ...Read more

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Tried to skip period on birth control. It came anyway, and I've been bleeding for 9 days and it's still heavy. (Recently abroad, idk if relevant)?

Tried to skip period on birth control. It came anyway, and I've been bleeding for 9 days and it's still heavy. (Recently abroad, idk if relevant)?

Breakthrough bleed: Breakthrough bleeding (bleeding at the wrong time) is very common on birth control. It happens in about 1/3 of users. Its no big deal and usually self corrects over time. If you are not satisfied or it continues to happen then consider using a different birth control method. It is a common side effect and does not mean something is wrong or that the pill is not working. ...Read more

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If you miss birth control and start bleeding way before you are supposed to get your period, does it still count as your period?

If you miss birth control and start bleeding way before you are supposed to get your period, does it still count as your period?

Depends: If you stopped the pill and did not start it again, then yes this may be your period. Missing a pill or two and then restarted the birth control, may mean you have a period coming at the end of your pill pack. Anytime you miss/change your pill, it can cause changes in your period. Do your best to stay on the pill every day. It would be a good idea to check a pregnancy test as well. Good luck! ...Read more

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Should I be worried the last day of my period was december 22, 2011. About 2weeks later I had a little bit of bleeding for a few days and my nurse told me it couldn't be my period and that it was break through bleed from my birth control because I had miss

Should I be worried the last day of my period was december 22, 2011. About 2weeks later I had a little bit of bleeding for a few days and my nurse told me it couldn't be my period and that it was break through bleed from my birth control because I had miss

A: A home pregnancy test is 97% accurate if taken a week or more after the missed period, so it sounds as though your negative test should be accurate. A blood test can tell if you are pregnant as soon as 7 days after conception and a doctor's urine pregnancy test can tell if you are pregnant around when you next period should come. Often, not having a period can signal that you are not ovulating. Reasons for this include: medications such as birth control pills, stress, excessive dieting, excessive exercise, or a hormone imbalance such as with a thyroid disorder or polycystic ovarian syndrome. If you continue to miss your period or to have an irregular cycle, give your doctor a call. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have bad periods. I have severe cramps and I skip months. I'm cramping now but not bleeding, what can I do for the pain? (not on birth control no more)

I have bad periods. I have severe cramps and I skip months. I'm cramping now but not bleeding, what can I do for the pain? (not on birth control no more)

Cramps: Nsaid’s, ssri’s, hormone meds, otc meds containing diuretics, warm bath, heating pad, exercise & acupuncture are excellent for dysmenorrhea. Avoid caffeine, chocolate, alcohol & salt. Get gyn eval to r/o underlying pathology. Consider omega- 3 fatty acids, magnesium (supplementation or through diet) or black cohosh with dr ok. Sipping sipping chamomile & green tea can dissipate pain. Get evaluated. ...Read more

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Can you tell me when I skip my period on birth control would I still bleed?

Can you tell me when I skip my period on birth control would I still bleed?

Depends: Usually when a person skips a period on birth control it is because they are taking the pills continuously with no placebo pills. When taking pills this way some people have break through bleeding that occurs and others have no bleeding at all. ...Read more

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I've been taking birth control for about 6 months. If I would skip a day or two I would spot/bleed. Two weeks ago I missed about 3 days and no period.

I've been taking birth control for about 6 months. If I would skip a day or two I would spot/bleed. Two weeks ago I missed about 3 days and no period.

Your question?: Regardless of the reason you're on birth control pills, if you're not taking them as directed, they aren't going to be particularly effective. If you're sexually active, you should get a pregnancy test. If the test is negative, discuss with your gyno a contraception method that doesn't require you to remember to take a pill every day. There are other options out there. ...Read more

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Miss my period because I change birth control. No withdrawal bleed in two weeks. Pregnancy test negative. Now having painful intercourse.

Miss my period because I change birth control. No withdrawal bleed in two weeks. Pregnancy test negative. Now having painful intercourse.

Painful sex: There can be multiple causes. Dryness is one of them. More time to foreplay increases lubrication of the vagina. You can also use water based lubricant. Also decreased estrogen in the blood increase dryness of the vagina. You can get that checked. If it is low estrogen hormone supplement can help. Another cause is vaginismus which to treat is much more difficult. You need to see an expert gyn. ...Read more

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What to I do to stop my bleeding while I should not be on my period? (im on birth control) I have been on birth control for two months and I am not supposed to get my perios for another month or so (until I take the colored pills) but I got my period any w

What to I do to stop my bleeding while I should not be on my period? (im on birth control) I have been on birth control for two months and I am not supposed to get my perios for another month or so (until I take the colored pills) but I got my period any w

Unfortunately,: Unfortunately, this is common when starting new birth control pills. Be sure that you are taking your pills consistently every day. They work best if you take them as closely to the same time each day, within 2-4 hours, for best effectiveness. Continue taking them every day. If you continue to have break through bleeding after the first 3 months, you should return to the provider that prescribed the pills for re-evaluation. ...Read more

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Can you take birth control pills while on your period to stop bleeding?

Can you take birth control pills while on your period to stop bleeding?

Unlikely. BCP's: Cycle Estrogens that buildup endometrium and progestational agents mimicking pregnancy, once the lining is built, it bleeds as it is shed. A fertilized ovum needs to implant for successful pregnancy, and cannot do so with shedding endometrial lining. ...Read more

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Taking pill since cyst removal, not for birth control. I have period like bleeding in the middle of pack every month. Changed pill once. Can I stop?

Taking pill since cyst removal, not for birth control. I have period like bleeding in the middle of pack every month. Changed pill once. Can I stop?

Conversation...: Wouldn't this be a conversation better had with the physician who knows you and prescribed (and changed the pill) in the past? You always have choice in whether you take a medication or not; however, your physician can help you understand the pros/cons, risks/benefits. Open dialogue about your concerns only helps the physician provide the best care to you! ...Read more

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I've been taking birth control for 3 weeks now and have been bleeding heavily the whole time. If I switch pills how long will it take to stop my period?

I've been taking birth control for 3 weeks now and have been bleeding heavily the whole time. If I switch pills how long will it take to stop my period?

See a doctor: Heavy bleeding while taking birth control pills is not common, and could be a sign that you are pregnant, have anatomic abnormality (like uterine fibroid), or that the bleeding is not coming from inside the uterus and is coming from the cervix instead.
Changing brands should not make any difference. ...Read more

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I am using a birth control pill (oral l) since first day of my period and its being 16 days now im still bleeding. Should I stop or continue?

I am using a birth control pill (oral l) since first day of my period and its being 16 days now im still bleeding. Should I stop or continue?

Breakthrough bleed: Breakthrough bleeding (bleeding at the wrong time) is very common on nuvaring. It happens in about 11% of users. Its no big deal and usually self corrects over time. If you are not satisfied or it continues to happen then consider using a different birth control method. It is a common side effect and does not mean something is wrong or that the pill is not working. ...Read more

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Skipped period on birth control, been taking hormone pills for 30 days. (9 from new pack) Have breakthrough bleeding. Can I stop now to have a period?

Skipped period on birth control, been taking hormone pills for 30 days. (9 from new pack) Have breakthrough bleeding. Can I stop now to have a period?

Yes you can: Then after your period RESTART with a FRESH PAC!!! (To re-establish the cycle again) Save the left over pills for extra dosage if you experience break thru during the next "cycle"

Check with your pill "prescriber" for any special directions for the type of pill you are taking! ...Read more

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Can you have a period right after breakthrough bleeding? And is it bad to stop taking your birth control pills all together on your second activ week

Can you have a period right after breakthrough bleeding? And is it bad to stop taking your birth control pills all together on your second activ week

Yes/yes: It would be common to have a period after breakthrough bleeding and if this happens often a change in birth control pills might be indicated to get something stronger. If you don't take them during your second active week you are likely to get pregnant. However, it you are trying to get pregnant it is best to stop them during your period. ...Read more

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I've had my period for over a month. I tried online remedies. Maca root...still bleeding. I'm on birth control pills too. I want it to stop.

Breakthrough bleedin: Bleeding while on the active pills of birth control pills is called breakthrough bleeding and is best addressed by the healthcare professional, who prescribed the pill. ...Read more

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How long should period bleeding last on the birth control pills? When I start my new pack will my period bleeding stop? It's longer than usual help

How long should period bleeding last on the birth control pills? When I start my new pack will my period bleeding stop? It's longer than usual help

Follow the plan: Since OCPs have a distinct regulation mode to get your body to behave as it should. Some irregular bleeding may occur in the beginning of the OCP in the first few months. So keep the faith and follow the plan. If it doesn't work for you because of your irregularity or whatnot, you will know after 3-4 months. And if you have already waited that long, then visit your GYN or family physician. ...Read more

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I have had my period for 3 straight months. What do I do? I started taking Depo-Provera in january and ever since I've had my period every single day. Then my school nurse gave me the birth control pills to stop the bleeding and im on my second trimester

I have had my period for 3 straight months. What do I do? I started taking Depo-Provera in january and ever since I've had my period every single day. Then my school nurse gave me the birth control pills to stop the bleeding and im on my second trimester

That: That is abnormal to have that much bleeding especially when you are on those medications. As you have had your period for three straight months, please see a family practice or gynecology doctor to have an evaluation. You may need to get your blood level checked. They may need to adjust your medication. If you have pain, light-headedness, or fainting, then you would need to be seen as an emergency. ...Read more

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Dr put me on birth control pills to regulate periods. After my periods ends 3 days later I again have bleeding? Is this Normal.? Should I stop pills

Dr put me on birth control pills to regulate periods. After my periods ends 3 days later I again have bleeding? Is this Normal.? Should I stop pills

No: First check a pregnancy test as this a common cause of bleeding on the pill. Second make an appointment with your physician about the bleeding. You probably just need a different pill or different dose, but I tell my patients to finish out their current pack and transition to the new birth control so they don't end up pregnant. ...Read more

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Can you skip a period if you stop taking birth control pills? Cause I am 11 days late of my period and I have no symptons of pregnancy

Can you skip a period if you stop taking birth control pills? Cause I am 11 days late of my period and I have no symptons of pregnancy

Yes: You may not see your period for couple of months after you stop bcp. Some women start seeing period in couple weeks. So, it depends the women. If you have queries and want to send me an e-mail click here --> https://www. Healthtap. Com/experts/12714048-dr-vahe-yetimyan ...Read more

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I have doubled up two days in a row right before my period was to come, on my birth control pill, can that cause me to miss my period?

I have doubled up two days in a row right before my period was to come, on my birth control pill, can that cause me to miss my period?

Birth control: The likelihood is that your period will only be slightly delayed. You should have a normal period otherwise. Good luck and thank you for the question :). ...Read more

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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


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