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Alesse 21 day can use women over 40?

Alesse 21 day can use women over 40?

Maybe...: Assuming medical reasons not to be on birth control pills, it can be taken by women over 40. A few examples of medical reasons not to take birth control pills at age 40 are: Smoking, high-blood-pressure, diabetes, heart disease, stroke...etc.. ...Read more

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How do I know if I need to take the green alesse pill?

How do I know if I need to take the green alesse pill?

Contraception: Alesse (levonorgestrel & ethinyl estradiol) is used for contraception. The pink pill is taken for 21 days followed by the green pill for 7 days. ...Read more

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How much time does it take for alesse 28 to take effect?

How much time does it take for alesse 28 to take effect?

Depends: IF you start it when you are on your period, you are protected immediatley. If you start five days after your bleeding starts, you should use back up for at least a week. ...Read more

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I'm on alesse. I heard being on the same pill for years can make it not work as good. True or false. And how to tell if it's not working properly.

I'm on alesse. I heard being on the same pill for years can make it not work as good. True or false. And how to tell if it's not working properly.

False: A contraceptive pill at therapeutic blood levels will continue to work "indefinitely". A failure of the pill is pregnancy itself, most often caused by failure of the patient to take it as prescribed. ...Read more

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What's the difference between alesse and aviane pills?

What's the difference between alesse and aviane pills?

No difference: Alesse is the trade name & Aviane is the generic formulation. Both contain Levonorgestrel & ethinyl Estradiol and have active hormone on the first 21 days followed by 7 days of inert pills. Pick the cheaper one, same medicine. ...Read more

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How do I know when will alesse 21 become 99% effective for me?

If taken properly: After the 1st month I personally rec a 24-4 pill like lo-estrin or a 24-2-2 pill like loloestrin, the pills I mentioned will give u light periods, little cramping and less chance for ovarian cyst formation than alesse. ...Read more

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My daughter is 17 and taking cyclen 28 35 mcg-0.25? can I asked you if Alesse is a better option for her, regarding her age?

My daughter is 17 and taking cyclen 28 35 mcg-0.25? can I asked you if Alesse is a better option for her, regarding her age?

Working don't fix: If the Cyclen 28 low dose pill is working for your daughter and she has adjusted to it, don't "fix it"! Many times a change in the pill will cause inter menstrual spotting (between periods)/ Unless there is a problem with the existing pill, trust that it will protect your 17 year old should she choose sexual exposure if taken daily as directed. Congratulations on being a "foresighted" Mom! ...Read more

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Is it normal to bleed after missing a pill? I'm currently on alesse and I took 2 pills wen I noticed. Nowim bleeding 5 days before my whte pills.

Is it normal to bleed after missing a pill? I'm currently on alesse and I took 2 pills wen I noticed. Nowim bleeding 5 days before my whte pills.

Expected: Alesse is a 20 mcg dose pill and works best when taken every day at the same time. Withdrawal bleeds are expected if you miss a day and taking the two pills the next day was a good idea. However, better safe than sorry, use condoms until you start a new pack to prevent pregnancy from breakthrough ovulation. Otherwise, continue your pills daily as before and your cycle should normalize soon. ...Read more

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Why would my doctor put me on alesse?

Why would my doctor put me on alesse?

Ask your MD: Given the limited information in the question, Alesse is a 20 mcg Estradiol combination oral contraceptive used for contraception, cycle control, dysmenorrhea, and other uses. It is best to ask your doctor why he/she prescribed this medication. ...Read more

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Is alesse related to hypermenorrhea?

Is alesse related to hypermenorrhea?

No: Alesse is a low dose birth control pill. Most pills will regulate your cycle and decrease bleeding. If this is not working for you schedule a visit to discuss your other options. Other brands and doses of pills may be options. Mirena (levonorgestrel) iud can minimize periods. Lysteda is a nonhormonal drug to decrease bleeding. You may also be a candidate for an endometrial ablation. ...Read more

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23 and on alesse bc scared of getting blot clots please help.

23 and on alesse bc scared of getting blot clots please help.

Relax: Use your anxiety to make good life style choices. Avoid alcohol, tobacco smoke, eat a healthy diet with lots of fresh vegetables and fruits, avoiding sugar, salt, and commercial animal fat and processed foods. Get a good night sleep and move through the day and learn to manage stress well. See kelly mcgonigal's book the will power instinct, 2012 to lower stress and move towards health. ...Read more

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I have been on alesse for 4 years. Still get nascous on it and pain breasts normal?

I have been on alesse for 4 years. Still get nascous on it and pain breasts normal?

Alesse: Speak to your provider about switching to different pills that may have less side effects for you. ...Read more

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I have been on alesse for 4 years. Still get nascous on it and pain breasts normal?

I have been on alesse for 4 years. Still get nascous on it and pain breasts normal?

Alesse: You need to speak to your provider. If you are certain these symptoms are coming for your pills then you should see if there is one that does not produce these symptoms. ...Read more

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What do you advise if I started alesse last month and am wondering if I'm able to have unprotected sex now?

What do you advise if I started alesse last month and am wondering if I'm able to have unprotected sex now?

Yes: If you are taking birth control pills everyday and not missing any, and have been taking it for a month, you are more than protected. ...Read more

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Okay, so I haven't been on alesse and clarus for a about a good 3/4 weeks, I bought a diet pill named abidexin and I need to know if its okay?

Okay, so I haven't been on alesse and clarus for a about a good 3/4 weeks, I bought a diet pill named abidexin and I need to know if its okay?

Diet pill: Diet pills should be avoided. Focus on eating well and getting enough exercise. Diet pills may help in the near term, however, they will not work in the long term. Focus on good habits. ...Read more

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Does Macrobid decrease effectiness of Alesse 21?

Does Macrobid decrease effectiness of Alesse 21?

No decreased effect: That is a great question, I’m impressed!! Few medications decrease the effectiveness of birth control pills (BCP). Many meds for seizures and one for HIV can decrease BCP effectiveness. The only antibiotic is uncommon,

FRifampin, used to treat tuberculosis and serious fungal infections.
St. John’s Wort, a “natural herb” for depression and anxiety, also makes the pill less affective ...Read more

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How is alesse birth control?

How is alesse birth control?

It is fine.: Alesse is a low dose birth control pill that is a good option for many women. Alesse has the same combination of hormones daily for 21 days followed by 7 hormone free pills. ...Read more

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Can alesse cause hypermenorrhea?

Can alesse cause hypermenorrhea?

Possibly: I do not use this pill much, because it causes a lot of break through bleeding. You should see you gyn for an exam blood work and an ultrasound, and if everything looks ok, he or she can switch you to a different pill. In my practice I use a lot of loestrin and the newer pill looestrin as my patients do well on these 2 pills and usually have very light to no periods on them. ...Read more

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Can person smoke and have drinks while on birthcontrol pills? (alesse 28)

Can person smoke and have drinks while on birthcontrol pills? (alesse 28)

Not a good idea: Bcp's alone may increase risk of forming blood clots & smoking greatly increases that risk (deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism). Alcohol might slightly thin the blood but it's not a good idea to mix alcohol with any drugs. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have a full heavy period while still on active bc pills. 1-2 days early. Alesse to be specific..

Is it normal to have a full heavy period while still on active bc pills. 1-2 days early. Alesse to be specific..

Not abnormal: Many women experience break thru bleeding on the pill. If you have been on the pill for more than 3 months, I would suggest a slightly stronger pill, or a change in the progestin component stop the abnormal bleeding. ...Read more

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Can I use Alesse if I get aura migraines? I do not want an IUD and I've heard min pills have a high failure rate.

Can I use Alesse if I get aura migraines? I do not want an IUD and I've heard min pills have a high failure rate.

Migraines: Sometimes an estrogen based birth control pill can greatly improve migraines as you are not having the wide swings in hormones, but they can also go the other way and cause headaches. A trial of a birth control pill is ok but check also with your neurologist. ...Read more

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My dr gave me an extra alesse pack because I spot sometimes, if I take an extra one at the same time will the spotting stop?

My dr gave me an extra alesse pack because I spot sometimes, if I take an extra one at the same time will the spotting stop?

Sometimes: It is best to discuss all medications with your doctor and take them exactly as prescribed. That is a common practice that sometimes works. Sometimes obgyns will have patients take an extra pill for spotting. It does not work that well though. Verify the medication instructions with your specific doctor. ...Read more

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I've been on alesse for 2 yrs but I had unprotected sex during the first three days of my package, really concerned I know it's a weak bc.?

I've been on alesse for 2 yrs but I had unprotected sex during the first three days of my package, really concerned I know it's a weak bc.?

Quite effective: If you've been using the oral contraceptive consistently, as in taking every day, ideally at the same time, I wouldn't worry much at all. All forms of birth control, when used consistently, are very effective. But remember birth control doesn't protect your from STDs, so consider using any form of barrier birth control to protect you in this regards. ...Read more

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Should I be worried about blood clots and alesse?

Should I be worried about blood clots and alesse?

Depends: Do you have family history of blood clots? Are you on birth control pill? Are you a smoker? Have you had any clots? In any case worrying will not do any good. Please discuss these issues with your doctor at your next visit. ...Read more