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Could an antidepressant or birth control pill I have been on for years suddenly start causing chronic constipation? (12wks)

Could an antidepressant or birth control pill I have been on for years suddenly start causing chronic constipation? (12wks)

Unlikely: It would be unusual to develop a new side effect from a medication you are already used to taking. Look for other causes. Make sure you are drinking plenty of fluids and eating foods containing plenty of fiber: whole grains, fruits and vegetables. See your doctor soon. Avoid the trap of taking OTC laxatives very often, as they can make problem worse. ...Read more

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 had diarrhea three times in a 24 hour timespan, should l take another birth control pill?

I had diarrhea three times in a 24 hour timespan, should l take another birth control pill?

Not necessary: If you are concerned, use a back up method for contraception, such as a condom. If your diarrhea persists, see a Provider and check that out. ...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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How is the birth control pill used?

How is the birth control pill used?

Daily pill: Birth control pills are hormone pills that are taken daily. Depending on the pill, they change mucus from the cervix, the lining of the uterus and the motion of the tubes to prevent pregnancy. Many will also prevent the ovaries from putting out an egg. Pills can get rid of or make your periods regular, lighter and less painful. Using pills can decrease your risks of uterine and ovarian cancer. ...Read more

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What is the strongest birth control pill?

What is the strongest birth control pill?

Hard to say: If you mean - which is most effective at preventing pregnancy, they are mostly comparable, except that the pills with extended duration of active pills (the ones that only have 2 or 4 days of placebo at the end of the pack) are thought to be slightly more effective at preventing an egg from starting to form during the pill-free week. If you mean the highest dose of estrogen: usu. 35mcg is highest. ...Read more

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What is starting the birth control pill like?

What is starting the birth control pill like?

Varies: Some people having nausea/bloating/weight gain/intermenstrual spotting. Some have nothing. There is a low risk of blood clots in your legs or lungs. Some people also see an improvement in acne, pms symptoms, and heavy bleeding. ...Read more

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Is orthorotricyclen a goodform birth control pill?

NOT if u are 43: It has way too much hormone in it, i haven't prescribed that pill for yrs ortho tri-cyclen low has less hormones and if u are in your 40s u should be on the lowest dose possible which is 10 mcg of estrogen which is loloestrin and if u want no more children i would rec an in office essure tubal , easy , safe takes 5 minutes, no cutting. ...Read more

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What are the disadvantages of the birth control pill?

What are the disadvantages of the birth control pill?

Irrregular bleeding: While acclimating to the pill, many women will have irregular bleeding. Also, compliance with the pill is necessary to ensure effectiveness. Rare side effects, such as blood clots, heart attack and stroke are rare in most healthy individuals, but need to be reviewed with all patients, including symptoms to look for, etc. ...Read more

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What are the disadvantages and advantages of being on the birth control pill?

Lots...: Pros: (usually) lighter, less painful, very predictable menses; less acne, less mood swings (usu), fewer ovarian cysts, less breast tenderness/benign breast disease/cysts, cons: (possible) weight changes, moodiness (for some), acne (depends on how your body chemistry responds to the hormones in the pills), risks: blood clots, strokes, headaches(usu. Less menstrual migraines), etc. ...Read more

Dr. Tanya Russo
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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. David Kurss
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Oral Contraceptive (Definition)

Oral contraceptives are a kind of women's ...Read more