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Back Pain Birth Control Pills
No: No, likely another cause (muscular, facet, disc, sacroiliac joint, or other structure is causing this). ...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
I have recently switched birth control pills and am having horrible low back pain. Is this normal?
Talk to doctor: When switching birth control pills it is not uncommon to have some minor side effects which generally go away in a cycle or two. If it is horrible pain I would speak to your doctor. ...Read more
I have been using birth control pills for 2 yrs, apcod for 6 months for PCOS. Now I have back pain and can't sleep. Is the medication affectng my kidney?
Periods ending and have cramps and lower back pain for past 2 days. Should I be worried? Had to switch birth control pills last couple months as well.
I was on birth control pills & my period came 1day late but only lasted for 2days & was light. Ever since I've been getting headaches, back pain cramp?
I am on my "period" on birth control pills (2nd cycle). It is heavy like it was before being on it. Is it normal to have PMS (cramps, back pain, etc)?
Maybe normal: Pms can be divided into physical symptoms, like you described, and emotional symptoms (moody, anxious). The physical symptoms are directly related to the actual bleeding process, and I would even expect them with a pill "period", especially if it's heavy. Mood symptoms may be worse with a "natural" cycle. Ask your gyn to help you find a pill that makes your periods lighter, or less frequent. ...Read more
Today at work I dealt with a headache for about 2 hours. At home this evening, I've felt nausea, heat in my neck and sudden lower back pain on my right side. Could this indicate anything serious? I've recently started taking birth control pills again and
Brown discharge on day 3 of nitrofurantoin mono mac for UTI on day periods due on birth control pills no cramps. Dull back ache normal?
See answer: Nitrofurantion taken for 5-7 days usually a good antibiotic for a simple bladder infection but not a good choice if kidney infection is suspected (fever, chills, flank pain, nausea, feeling sick). Your symptoms of brownish vaginal discharge and dull backache (if low), suggest a gynecological origin unrelated to your UTI (pending or abnormal period, vaginitis, etc). If persists/worsens, call md. ...Read more
4 weeks: Birth control pills are out of your system about 7 days after you stop them. One would expect a period about 4 weeks after cessation. If you are sexually active and do not want to be pregnant consider restarting or starting a different birth control method ...Read more
How much time will it take for my breasts to go back to normal size after getting off birth control pills?
Varies 1-2 months.:
Those that do decrease in size, often vary.
Could be a month or more and depending on the length and type of BCP. ...Read more
What happens if I go back on birth control pills will they enhance my breasts like they did the first time?
Most likely: Mostly likely it will. Different BCPs, containing estrogens, will have a greater or lesser degree of breast enlargment ...Read more
How much do antibiotics really affect birth control pills? After finishing antibiotics how long until back to normal?
Definitely affect: All antibiotics can definitely affect the effectiveness of birth control pills. While on antibiotics, you should definitely use a back up method of birth control if you want to avoid becoming pregnant. The rule of thumb to prevent pregnancy is to use a form of back up birth control (e.g., condoms) until your next menstrual period. ...Read more
Dropped one of my active birth control pills on Tuesday down the sink so I just took Wednesday pill an continued pack, do I need back up protection?
Always safer: To have back up protection if you are not intending to get pregnant. ...Read more
I've been taking birth control pills for 2 months now (levest 150/30). Will my natural wetness come back if I come off it?
Hypertension: If your BP is elevated now, it is probably not from taking bcp --. ...Read more
If you are switching birth control pills and switch after your period week, do you have to use a back up birth control method?
No: If you are switching from one brand of BCP to another brand and starting on the day you would normally start a new package, you should have extended coverage. Also, if you have not been on the pill, but start using BC pills within 3-4 days after the onset of menses, that should also be effective without needing back up birth control. A reminder: BCP is not adequate for infection prevention. ...Read more
I've heard birth control pills (at least some of them) help against acne. But is it true that when you get off them your acne comes back (and worse)?
Sunlight: Try sunlight first, benzoyl peroxide cream second. Birth control pills are for birth control (really!) the risks are too high (blood clots). ...Read more
It depends.: If you're able to start the Pill within the first 7 days of your cycle (day 1=first day of period) you will NOT need a back up form of contraception. Otherwise, you need to be on the Pill for at least 7 days before you can rely on the Pill alone. At age 17, you may not be ready to deal with an unplanned pregnancy, so please be extra careful. ...Read more
One time change of 1: Hour should not make that much difference. Take them at the time now on daylight savings time that you plan to take them until the time changes again. In other words if you too them at 7 on regular time, take them at 7 on daylight savings time. ...Read more
I started my birth control pills the first sunday after my period began do I still need back up protection?
Can I take birth control pills if I had Herpes Zoster Ophthalmicus 6 months ago? Will it make come back if I do?
Take the pills: There is no relationship between birth control pills and the onset of H. zoster in any part of the body. If you are sexually active and need the protection of the pill, go ahead use it. ...Read more
I had a abortion 2mths ago I am back on my birth control pills but every time I take one I seem to bleed dark red/brown blood?
I just had a baby 2 months ago started birth control pills and now im on my second period for this month, how do I get it back to normal?
Pills will regulate: I assume you're taking a combined oral contraceptive pill. If so this will eventually regulate the cycles. Just stay patient and usually within three months cycles go back to normal. If you are taking a Progesterone only birth-control pill and cycles might not be regulated. ...Read more
I've bee on birth control pills for 14 years. Is it advisable to go off and let my body go back to its regular cycles before trying to conceive?
Not if you are: Not having any problems, when you want to conceive, you should stop the pills at the end of a cycle, use backup for 1 month and then u can try. ...Read more
Confused-are birth control pills 99% effective after 1 week? Pamphlet says back-up for 7 days but people are saying it takes a month? Loestrin 1/20
Not a month: You are certainly "safe" (1%failure rate when used correctly) well before one month. The one week wait is probably sufficient. I usually advise a two week wait, but this is most likely being overly cautious. However, getting pregnant when you don't want to be is a big deal. ...Read more
I am currently on long term birth control pills. I started my inactive pills a week back, but instead of a period I am staining. Could I be pregnant?
Not likely, possible:
Long term use of birth control is associated with thinning of the uterine lining (this is reversible) but this may lead to light, or staining, or no (phantom) menstrual "periods".
If you have been taking the pill regularly, you are very unlikely to be pregnant (like less than half of 1% per year). But, if no periods persists, there is always that rare chance, so see your doctor and get tested. ...Read more
Hi! I'm on my first back of levora birth control pills. When would it be safe for my partner to ejaculate in me?
Risk of pregnancy: Recommend condoms for first monthGet a more detailed answer ›
If birth control is the cause of hypertension? Then if stop my birth control pills will my blood pressure turn back to normal?
Yes: Birth control pills, especially the higher dosages, have for many years been associated with hypertension in some woman. Many times there is a family history of hypertension showing a predisposition for the problem. Many times stopping the pills will result in improved blood pressure but many women will need some blood pressure medicine. ...Read more
I had a Depo-Provera shot around nov 25th and I plan to go back on birth control pills. When would I start my birth control pills?
Any time: You can start pills any time before your next shot is due. ...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