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Doctor insights on: Autoimmune Diseases And Birth Control Pills

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Can you tell me what combination birth control pills are?

Can you tell me what combination birth control pills are?

Estrogen/progesteron: Combination pills contain one form of estrogen and one form of progesterone. There are also Progesterone only birth control pills that are used more frequently for breastfeeding mothers. Ask your doctor what pill is right for you! ...Read more

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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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How well do birth control pills improve mood disorders like depression?

Sometimes: Sometimes they improve mood, and sometimes they make it worse. Progesterone seems more likely to worsen mood. ...Read more

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Does taking birth control pills increase my risk for heart disease if I am 35?

Does taking birth control pills increase my risk for heart disease if I am 35?

Yes, esp if a smoker: Please look up the name of the drug you might take. Common and serious side effects of many oral contraceptives can be found here: http://www.Nlm.Nih.Gov/medlineplus/druginformation.Html (full disclosure: this is from medline of the nlm. I was on the board of directors of friends of the national library of medicine when it launched medline. Py). ...Read more

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Is it safe to take birth control pills if you have a connective tissue disorder?

Is it safe to take birth control pills if you have a connective tissue disorder?

No: It depends on which connective tissue disorder. I ask my patients with lupus to avoid them. The risk is that several ct disorders may be associated with an increased risk of blood clotting. Oral contraceptives increases this risk even more. ...Read more

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What is a disorder in chubby women which has the symptom of infertility and a treatment of birth control pills?

What is a disorder in chubby women which has the symptom of infertility and a treatment of birth control pills?

PCOS; not all heavy: You may be thinking of polycystic ovarian syndrome or pcos with some major caveats: some women with pcos are overweight, some are normal weight. Not all are 'chubby'. Some women with pcos are infertile/ subfertile, some have normal fertility. Finally birth control pills are a treatment for women with pcos who aren't trying to conceive; if ttc we use Clomid (clomiphene) or letrozole, plus metformin, most often. ...Read more

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Does taking birth control pills increase the odds i'll get heart disease? I am 38 years old and have taken birth control pills regularly for the past six years. Is it true that taking the pill means I have a greater chance of getting heart disease? .

Does taking birth control pills increase the odds i'll get heart disease? I am 38 years old and have taken birth control pills regularly for the past six years. Is it true that taking the pill means I have a greater chance of getting heart disease?

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The : The research suggests that women with risk factors for heart disease are at a higher risk of developing it when on the pill. These risk factors include smoking, high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, family history of blood clots, stroke, and heart disease. The research also indicates that birth control pills with a lower dose of estrogen poses a smaller risk. If you are healthy with none of the above risk factors, you should feel confident in regards to your risk of heart disease. If you are concerned or have further questions please consult your doctor. ...Read more

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Autoimmune Disease (Definition)

In auto immune disease the enemy is from with in . As name implies "auto" is self and "immune " is immune system . One 's own immune system for unknown reason turns against self and destroys or damages tissues or cells . List of auto immune disease are many and growing . End result is destruction of of tissues such as thyroid , pancreas or cells such as white ...Read more


Autoimmune (Definition)

The immune system developed to tell our own, normal cells (self) from foreign and abnormal cells (non-self). This lets the immune system eliminate viruses, bacteria, fungi and cancer cells from our body without harming normal cells. Sometimes the immune system fails to tell self from non-self and it attacks normal cells, for example in ...Read more