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Are Girls Who Are On Birth Control Pills More Attractive Due To Increasing Levels Of Estrogen
All girls are pretty: As a general rule, all girls are attractive, talented, wonderful, etc..., especially if if one is trying to instill self-confidence and good self-image in young girls as they grow up. However, some birth control pills (ocp's) do get rid of acne. Some ocp's can add a few pounds, making a very slim woman look more nutritionally sound. Women on ocp's don't fear pregnancy, so may behave differently. ...Read more
Also known as oral contraceptives, birth control pills are highly effective oral medications that use hormones to prevent pregnancy. There are two main types of birth control pills: one with estrogen and progestin (also known as the combination pill) and one with just progestin. The two main ways they prevent pregnancy are: 1) The hormones thicken the cervical mucous, which keeps sperm from entering the uterus on their way to the egg; and 2) By maintaining a level of hormone in the blood stream that prevents the ...Read more
If the baby blues are caused by dropping levels of estrogen and progesterone, then would birth control pills help?
When the estrogen in birth control pills affects libido, does the correlation between dosage amount and libido level tend to be positive or negative?
What time of day is best to take birth control pills? Is it healthier to be asleep or active when the blood estrogen level is highest?
Any time!: The absolute best time to take a birth control pill is when it's convenient for you to remember! These should be taken relatively at the same time each day, such as before bed, upon waking, etc. If you aren't able to remember daily, set a phone alarm or keep them next to your toothbrush, assuming you brush your teeth once a day. There is no health benefit as far as time of day is concerned. ...Read more
I'm on birth control pills (3 months now) orthocyclen, (ethinyl estradiol and norgestimate) im having anxiety attacks, would lowering my estrogen to 30mcg instead of 35 help?
Not likely: The lowering of dose you describe is not significant. It is possible that the pills aggravate preexisting anxiety. It is unlikely to create anxiety from scratch. However, there are much lower doses than what you described. Ultra low-dose pills have 10 µg, while the NuvaRing (vaginal) is 35% lower than typical low dose 20 µg pills. It is worth a try. ...Read more
Less side effect: Some drs. Believe that despite "low estrogen" dosis is suppose to reduce the risk of side effects but also augments the number of ovulations. All birth control pills, patches, rings, injections produce the changes of a pregnancy in a woman but the majority of the time without a baby & still c a minimal chance of conceiving but aborting when the fetus can not get attached to the uterine lining. ...Read more
Both: The majority of birth control pills have both estrogen and Progesterone in them. There are a few that contain just progesterone. Progesterone only birth control pills are less commonly used except in special circumstances, such as while breast-feeding, or in women who can't take estrogen. ...Read more
Possibly: Depends on how much estrogen, the higher the estrogen the more chance it can enlarge the breats but it can also cause other non desirable effects, you should not be taking bc pills to enlatrge the breast, and at your age the lower the estrogen dose the safer, the lowest combo pill is loloestrin, only 10 mcg estrogen- safer for women in their 40s less chance blood clot, ht attack, stroke. ...Read more
If I get nauseas and headaches on my birth control pills dos that mean I need more or less estrogen?
Difficult pharmacogn: Sometimes the dose-response relationship for hormones is not linear but complex - such as a horseshoe-shape, where side effects are associated with low and high doses, but not optimum doses. So no generalization for you is helpful, unfortunately. Dose titration experi-ments with your doctor's help should be able to clarify this. ...Read more
How likely is ovulation if I missed 2 birth control pills in a row during the second week? (Doubled up after missing) my pill has 0.35 mg estrogen..
Possible: That's why you must scrupously take those pills! They are much more effective if you actually use them as directed. You should abstain from any sexual activity for the rest of the month if you want to guarantee that you won't get pregnant this month. Be more careful in the future. We believe skipping one day is safe, two days is risky. ...Read more
My wife was on many estrogen birth control pills but they all seem to affect her mood. I was told progestin pills don't affect moods. Is that true?
No.: Not necessarily. A side effect of progestins is depression. That doesn't mean she shouldn't try it. As long as your healthcare provider is on board, she can try the various forms of progestin-only contraception. There are also non-hormonal devices, such as the copper intrauterine device (paragard). Good luck! ...Read more
Will smoking e cigarettes or vaping effect birth control pills especially ones with higher amounts of hormones and estrogen?
If the e cigs or vapor products contain nicotine then there are risks. Nicotine has known associations with the increase of side effects on OCPs especially if over 35 years old. Quitting smoking can be very hard - many don't realize the nicotine craving can be as hard to kick as a heroin addict. But - it's best not to mix the two. See your MD if you are having problems quitting nicotine!
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Which component of birth control pills is it that can raise blood pressure? Estrogen dose, progestin type, progestin dose, or a combo of factors?
My age- 22, I am a female; curious if estrogen contained in birth control pills will increase my breast size?
Can the estrogen in birth control pills have caused my hyperthyroid to return to normal? I read estrogen blocks the production of thyroid hormone
Estrogen and thyroid:
Unfortunately the two items can interact/interfere with each other and you need to get to your primary care doctor as soon as possible!
It is likely that your doctor will refer you immediately to an Endocrinologist.
Please let me know how things go. ...Read more
Are there any birth control pills available to treat PCOS that are low in estrogen/estrogen-free? I have migraines and am currently on Yaz, and want to reduce my stroke risk. I'm in college and the OBGYN clinic here on campus is very unhelpful.
Hmmm...: Short answer is yes: there are low-estrogen oral contraceptives. Not sure you'd want to do that, though. First, the ovarian cysts can only be controlled if ovulation is stopped, and this requires taking estrogen to inhibit pituitary FSH release. Without estrogen the cysts might rage out of control. This estrogen must (I believe) be balanced with progesterone and testosterone, EVEN in PCOS patients ...Read more
It is possible: Yes, this can occur but is not a consistent finding. ...Read more
But...: Medical therapy to prevent new hair growth will not eliminate hair that is already present. Depending on the color and thickness of the hair these can be removed using lasers or electrolysis. There is also a prescription cream called vaniqa that can slow the rate of hair growth but does not actually remove it. ...Read more
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