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Are out of date birth control pills any less effective?

Are out of date birth control pills any less effective?

Possibly: They are stamped with an expiration date for a reason...Don't risk it! ...Read more

Dr. Louis Gallia
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Birth Control Pills (Definition)

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


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I've noticed vitamins/medications coming out in my stool post colectomy. How can I be sure that birth control pills are fully absorbed and effective?

I've noticed vitamins/medications coming out in my stool post colectomy. How can I be sure that birth control pills are fully absorbed and effective?

Should be okay: Birth control pills are mostly absorbed in the stomach. As long as you don't have any other bowel motility issues, you should receive an effective dose of hormone from the pill. On the other hand, there are many alternative contraceptives that you may consider. ...Read more

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Are low dose birth control pills any less effective than higher doses at preventing pregnancy?

Dose and birth contr: The most important thing will all birth control (also known as oral contraceptives) is that you consistently take them. Missing doses and taking medication with other medicine and foods (herbs) can affect the effectiveness of the birth control pills. Please know pregnancies can occur even if everything is taken perfectly. Birth control is about 98% effective so there is a chance of pregnancy. ...Read more

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Does Aniracetam, a nootropic, make birth control pills less effective?

Does Aniracetam, a nootropic, make birth control pills less effective?

Not available in US: This particular drug is not available in the US and not much information on it is listed. I would check the manufacturers website. They should list drug interactions there. ...Read more

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How long should it take birth control pills to get out of your system if only taken for less than two weeks?

How long should it take birth control pills to get out of your system if only taken for less than two weeks?

Already gone: They last a very short period of time, so if you took them for only 2 weeks, they are likely already out of your system. But you need to find another form of birth control to be safe. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can you please help and tell me ways that i can make my birth control pills even more effective? And what are ways to make them less effective?

Can you please help and tell me ways that i can make my birth control pills even more effective? And what are ways to make them less effective?

Take consistently: The best way for your birth control to work effectively is to take it at the same time each day. Skipping pills, more than one day, decrease the effectiveness of the pill. You should use back up method if this happens for the next month. ...Read more

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Can a body detox like "the cleaner" (women's formula) make my birth control pills less effective?

Can a body detox like "the cleaner" (women's formula) make my birth control pills less effective?

There is no need: To use a cleanse process. It is a laxative that gives you diarrhea and if a lot could decease the absorption of the pill. No need to use a colon cleanse product. It is a waste of money. ...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


Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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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