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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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Periods regular until 6mo ago. Starting spotting mid month which has drastically gone to constant bleeding. Too young for smear and no birth control?

Periods regular until 6mo ago. Starting spotting mid month which has drastically gone to constant bleeding. Too young for smear and no birth control?

Irregular bleeding: Increased stress and consequent lack of ovulation may result in estrogen withdrawal bleeding and a condition called "poly-cystic ovarian syndrome" (PCOS). This can produce irregular degeneration of the lining of the womb, and extended bleeding. See your healthcare provider for advice, as there are other potential causes which may need attention. ...Read more

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On birth control. Mid twenties. Breakthrough bleeding came 3rd pack in mid cycle when thyroid med lowered. 5 to. 25. lowered meds the cause? 2nd month

On birth control. Mid twenties. Breakthrough bleeding came 3rd pack in mid cycle when thyroid med lowered. 5 to. 25. lowered meds the cause? 2nd month

Possibly: Changing your thyroid medication can cause break through bleeding as you adjust to the new dose but so can infections, cervical polyps, and abnormal cervical cells. If it continues, you need to be seen. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I just started birth control pills and about mid cycle I experienced bleeding. A day later I had protected sex with a condom. Could I get pregnant?

I just started birth control pills and about mid cycle I experienced bleeding. A day later I had protected sex with a condom. Could I get pregnant?

Not likely: Atlhough the oral contraceptives may not be providing protection yet, a properly used condom is. However, condoms are not 100% effective. So never say never. ...Read more

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I stopped taking birth control mid pack twoweeks ago, and still no period or bleeding. Why? Also today I saw little yellowish discharge from one nippl

I stopped taking birth control mid pack twoweeks ago, and still no period or bleeding. Why? Also today I saw little yellowish discharge from one nippl

First things first: The most common reason for absent periods in sexually active women without contraceptive use is Voila! Pregnancy! First, do a pregnancy test and then, if negative, see a MD who can do a lab test called prolactin which can be the cause of the nipple discharge and absent menses when it is secreted in excess by the pituitary. ...Read more

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I stopped taking birth control mid pack and now I'm having withdrawal bleeding right after having unprotected sex. Could I still be pregnant?

I stopped taking birth control mid pack and now I'm having withdrawal bleeding right after having unprotected sex. Could I still be pregnant?

Yes, but...: It depends on when you stopped your oral contraceptive and when the unprotected sex occurred This might also be withdrawal bleeding from stopping the pill in mid pack. You can do a pregnancy test, but if the sex was recent try Plan B first. Your initial period may become irregular with the use of Plan B. ...Read more

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Stopped taking my birth control mid cycle. I'm experiencing period like cramps but no withdrawal bleeding? Will my period come in 2 weeks normal time?

Stopped taking my birth control mid cycle. I'm experiencing period like cramps but no withdrawal bleeding? Will my period come in 2 weeks normal time?

Go directly: Into your next pack of pills. You may spot for a few days; however, you will regulate your cycle. Why would you stop taking your pills mid-cycle? ...Read more

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Ttc stopped birth control mid pack. Had bleeding a few days later. Was this a period? Mean not pregnant? When should I expect to ovulate?

Ttc stopped birth control mid pack. Had bleeding a few days later. Was this a period? Mean not pregnant? When should I expect to ovulate?

No: Not as period. It is from hormone withdrawal. The next month may be unpredictable. You may or may not ovulate. You will need to wait and see what happens with your body. ...Read more

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If I stop taking birth control mid pack, when can I expect to bleed? Will this count as start of new cycle?

If I stop taking birth control mid pack, when can I expect to bleed? Will this count as start of new cycle?

2 wks after the stop: Stopping at mid cycle which means you have one week contraceptive pill and remaining iron pills. My understanding is there is still chance you can have bleeding at 4th week pills taking. I believe it counts as start of new cycle. ...Read more

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We trying to get pregnant. I was on birth control shot since last July and no longer use since mid January this year I'm off the shot and we are tryin?

We trying to get pregnant. I was on birth control shot since last July and no longer use since mid January this year I'm off the shot and we are tryin?

Good Luck!: Depo Provera (medroxyprogesterone) injections can decrease your chances of getting pregnant for 8 months after your last injection. You are past that now. If you are having regular menstrual periods, your chance of getting pregnant in any given month is about 1 in 5. So it may take several months to get pregnant. Best wishes! ...Read more

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What would happen if you stopped taking birth control pills mid pack?

What would happen if you stopped taking birth control pills mid pack?

Likely early period: It's likely that you will have some bleeding==or an early period. It's not otherwise harmful, but you should expect bleeding. If you still need birth control, you should switch to another method rather than just stopping. ...Read more

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I need to switch birth control pill in the mid cycle due to side effects can I switch will I have symptoms?

I need to switch birth control pill in the mid cycle due to side effects can I switch will I have symptoms?

Not a good idea: It is not a good idea to switch to different type of bcp in the middle of your menstrual cycle.But do discuss with your doctor if it is ok
i will suggest that you wait for your next period to start the new pills and if you can not take the pills due to side effect than use alternate method of birth control till you have your periods and start your new pack. ...Read more

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I started birth control mid cycle and I was wondering how long should I wait to have sex or how long till it's effective?

I started birth control mid cycle and I was wondering how long should I wait to have sex or how long till it's effective?

2 weeks: If you start in the middle of the cycle then you need to wait two weeks before you rely on it. Use condoms until then. If you start during your period then you can rely on them faster ...Read more

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I have recently come off of a 2.5 yr stint of microgestrin birth control. This would've been around mid October. I have yet to spot or have a cycle when in the past if I forgot a pill or 2 I would have a day of spotting. In the last week I have been expe

I have recently come off of a 2.5 yr stint of microgestrin birth control. This would've been around mid October. I have yet to spot or have a cycle when in the past if I forgot a pill or 2 I would have a day of spotting. In the last week I have been expe

Your question was: ...cut short, but you shouldn't worry about the delay in resuming your menstrual cycle. Hormonal contraceptives shut down your body's natural reproductive hormone rhythms. It can take up to 90 days for these hormones to wake up & start working again. Since your question was cut off, if it wasn't answered to your satisfaction, please resubmit. Dr. Anne. ...Read more

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Starting birth control mid cycle to delay period?

Starting birth control mid cycle to delay period?

May not work: If you start the pill after you've ovulated (mid-cycle) you may not be able to delay the period. However, many drs recommend a quick-start (any day--as long as back up is used for 7 d, and unprotected sex hadn't occurred earlier in the cycle) as a good way to start birth control.30-40% of women have irregular bleeding in the first cycle, even when starting the pill on the first d. So no guarantees. ...Read more

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Is birth control effective before 7 days of use (mid cycle)? like how effective does it get day by day until the 7th day?

Is birth control effective before 7 days of use (mid cycle)? like how effective does it get day by day until the 7th day?

Wouldn't bet on it: The pill works by providing a constant level of hormone in your system that fools the body into thinking you are pregnant so you don't release eggs. Most docs want you to use a backup BC for the first month until your body adapts to the med. The med makers often suggest it is effective after about 2 wks. If you release an egg before the med stops it, you are at risk if sexually active. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens if you start birth control pills mid-cycle, during or right after ovulation?

You can start anytim: You are likely to get more irregular bleeding in the first month of taking the pills, if you start mid-cycle, and (of course) you are not protected during the period you describe (b/c if you ovulated, then there is an egg available to be fertilized, so you need the back up method for the first month after starting the pill).
Regardless of when you start taking it. ...Read more

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Can starting birth control mid cycle make you spot instead of having your period? I'm already 10 days late and only spotting.

Can starting birth control mid cycle make you spot instead of having your period? I'm already 10 days late and only spotting.

Yes: Beginning the oral contraceptives this way can alter your first period this way. It will clear up after the second cycle of pills usually. Make sure you are not pregnant, if that is a possibility. Get a home pregnancy test or one from your doctor to make sure. ...Read more

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Just started my birth control pills in the mid second week of taking them an ha unprotected sex, could I be pregnant?

Can I be Pregnant?: It is most likely that you are not. But, I believe the bcps come with a warning to make sure you protect from pregnancy during the first month on pills. ...Read more

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Have had hot flashes since my mid 20's. Face/ears flushed. Have been taking birth control (zovia 1/35e). Why hot flashes so young?

Have had hot flashes since my mid 20's. Face/ears flushed. Have been taking birth control (zovia 1/35e). Why hot flashes so young?

Get tested: There are several possible reasons for hot flashes, and you need to get tested in order to find out if any of them pertain to you. Some can have medical implications, such as with thyroid problems, while others can have fertility repercussions, such as in premature ovarian failure. See a reproductive endocrinologist and get tested! ...Read more

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Had sex on April 5 today the 16th I have spotting. Also started birth control on the 5th mid cycle it's brownish pink, pregnancy? Or mid cycle pill?

Had sex on April 5 today the 16th I have spotting. Also started birth control on the 5th mid cycle it's brownish pink, pregnancy? Or mid cycle pill?

Breakthroughbleeding: If a pill is started on the first day of the menstrual cycle, a woman has unprotected intercourse on that day, and experiences bleeding/spotting on day 11, this in all likelihood is breakthrough bleeding rather than from an unintended pregnancy. ...Read more

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How soon does the combination birth control pill prevent pregnancy? It was started mid cycle. Planned Parenthood says 7 days.

How soon does the combination birth control pill prevent pregnancy? It was started mid cycle. Planned Parenthood says 7 days.

Birth Control Pills: I would never want to contradict Planned Parenthood. However, if my daughter was taking the pill she would be directed to use another form of birth control such as a condom until she had completed one pack of pills. In otherwords, to be safe I feel it is not completely effective until you have been on them a month. ...Read more

Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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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


Dr. Alan Patterson
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Bleeding (Definition)

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