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Does birth control protect entirely against pregnancy?

Does birth control protect entirely against pregnancy?

Preventing pregnancy: No method of birth control is 100% effective against pregnancy. The oral contraceptives are the most effective as are hormonal implants. ...Read more

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Dr. Bernard Seif
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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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Could the progesterone IUD protect against sexually transmitted infections?

Could the progesterone IUD protect against sexually transmitted infections?

No: Iud's are a great way to prevent pregnancy but they do not protect against sexually transmitted infections. You should continue to use condoms to protect yourself from infections. With Progesterone iud's the cervical mucous is thickened and there is a slight decrease risk of pelvic inflammatory disease after the 1st 2 weeks but you can still catch something. Be smart and use a condom. ...Read more

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How effective are condoms against pregnancy?

How effective are condoms against pregnancy?

Pretty good.: Very effective if used consistently and properly. Failure rate with perfect use is about 2%. Failure rate with typical use is 20%. ...Read more

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Can the copper IUD (paraguard) protect against sexually transmitted infections?

Can the copper IUD (paraguard) protect against sexually transmitted infections?

IUD: No. The main protection against std is condom and monogamy. As a matter of fact if exposed to a STI the iud may promote or complicate the infection and may need to be removed. ...Read more

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Will the First 8 days of taking birth control pills protect me against. Unwanted pregnancy?

Will the First 8 days of taking birth control pills protect me against. Unwanted pregnancy?

Not Always: It is safer to use back up contraception (birth control) until you have completed at least one full cycle of pills. ...Read more

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Does Depo-Provera provera (medroxyprogesterone) provide protection against pregnancy?

Does Depo-Provera provera (medroxyprogesterone) provide protection against pregnancy?

It's a contraceptive: Depo Provera (medroxyprogesterone) does provide contraception protection for about 3 months as placed subcutaneously. No contraceptive is 100% so protected sexual intercourse in recommended. Depo Provera (medroxyprogesterone) does not protect against veneral diseases, hpv, or hvi. ...Read more

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How effective are condoms against preventing STDs?

How effective are condoms against preventing STDs?

STD: condom is so far the best and very effective way to stop STD. Of course it is still not 100%, due to inappropriate use or broken. ...Read more

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Could the gardasil shot only protect against sexually transmitted diseases?

Could the gardasil shot only protect against sexually transmitted diseases?

Confusing question: The Gardasil shot will only help protect against 4 strains of the hpv, a std with many strains. It will only protect if given prior to exposure.It will not protect against the dozen or more diseases that can be transmitted via sex. ...Read more

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How come condoms can "protect" against HIV but aren't enough to prevent pregnancy every time?

How come condoms can "protect" against HIV but aren't enough to prevent pregnancy every time?

Define failure: Condoms prevent both HIV and pregnancy without about the same success. When condoms "fail, " resulting in either pregnancy or HIV transmission, it's usually because they're left in the drawer on the nightstand. This is termed "condom failure" in people who list condoms as their form of birth control, but it really shouldn't blamed on the condom. The same is true for HIV prevention. ...Read more

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If hepc is sexually transmitted, do barrier methods of contraception (condoms, diaphragm) help?

If hepc is sexually transmitted, do barrier methods of contraception (condoms, diaphragm) help?

Barrier ok: We do not know why hepatitis c is not always transmitted sexually but some are - using condoms should minimize the risk, other methods are not effective. ...Read more

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What % pregnancy protection with birth control pill use?

What % pregnancy protection with birth control pill use?

Approaches 99%: With typical use, birth control pill efficacy rates is about 92%. With perfect use, efficacy rate is over 99%. Nothing is 100% except abstinence. Remember to take your pill daily around the same time of day to achieve optimal results. ...Read more

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Does birth control pills serve any purpose other than preventing pregnancy?

Does birth control pills serve any purpose other than preventing pregnancy?

Birth control: Yes they are very useful for helping painful or irregular periods and also can help mood control. ...Read more

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Will birth control pills protect me from sexually transmitted infections (stis), includin hiv/aids?

STDs: Birth control pills will not protect you from anything, including pregnancy (although it makes pregnancy infinitely less likely). Condoms will provide reasonable protection from most stds, but even these can fail because of leakage or breakage. Be careful out there. ...Read more

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Do BCP's work to protect against pregnancy regardless? for example, even if you are 'allergic', or if you have weird side effects, does it still work?

Do BCP's work to protect against pregnancy regardless? for example, even if you are 'allergic', or if you have weird side effects, does it still work?

Not necessarily: The pill has a cited failure rate of about 5%/yr of use.Failure to follow proper instructions for use increases failure rate. You cannot be "allergic" to hormones in the pill that are modeled after the natural hormones of the human body.You can be intolerant of their side effects & when that leads to improper use they cannot work. ...Read more

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Im on 7th month of bcp.i just missed my period the past month(first time) and i am midway through new pack now.am i still protected against pregnancy?

Im on 7th month of bcp.i just missed my period the past month(first time) and i am midway through new pack now.am i still protected against pregnancy?

Still protected: BCPs or Birth Control Pills have 96-99% efficacy in protecting from pregnancy when properly used. So, if you've missed a period without missing any of the pills in your pack, its most likely due to the hormonal changes associated with BCP use. That said, if you feel there is a chance you could be pregnant (ie. you've missed some pills in the last month) you may want to take a pregnancy test. ...Read more

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If I don't have ANY side effects and my period is still long and heavy, is my low does birth control pill still protecting me against pregnancy?

If I don't have ANY side effects and my period is still long and heavy, is my low does birth control pill still protecting me against pregnancy?

Yes: Birth control pills, when taken each day at about the same time, are still working to prevent pregnancy, regardless of whether the withdrawal bleeding is lighter than expected or heavier than expected. However, if heavier periods, one should visit her doctor again to see if there are ways to get lighter periods. ...Read more

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How do I skip my placebo week on a tri phasic bcp (Ortho tri cyclen (ethinyl estradiol and norgestimate) lo)? If I skip the placebos will I still be protected from pregnancy?

How do I skip my placebo week on a tri phasic bcp (Ortho tri cyclen (ethinyl estradiol and norgestimate) lo)? If I skip the placebos will I still be protected from pregnancy?

Don't skip: Skipping the placebo pills while on a trip phasic bcp and continuing with a new pill pack may end up in a roller coaster of on and off breakthrough bleeding. A mono phasic pill is better suited if skipping or delaying a menstrual period is desired. ...Read more

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What % pregnancy protection with birth control pill use?

Approaches 99%: With typical use, birth control pill efficacy rates is about 92%. With perfect use, efficacy rate is over 99%. Nothing is 100% except abstinence. Remember to take your pill daily around the same time of day to achieve optimal results. ...Read more

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For 2 months, I have been taking 18 month expired birth control pills. Was I fully protected from pregnancy while Taking them?

For 2 months, I have been taking 18 month expired birth control pills. Was I fully protected from pregnancy while Taking them?

Possibly not: Although some medication maybe used after the expiration date, oral contraceptives may not be as effective. Get a new prescription. In the interim use an additional back up such as condom. ...Read more

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Will the First 8 days of taking birth control pills protect me against. Unwanted pregnancy?

Not Always: It is safer to use back up contraception (birth control) until you have completed at least one full cycle of pills. ...Read more

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If i take my birth control pill at the same time each day and my boyfriend pulls out during sex, how protected am i from pregnancy?

If i take my birth control pill at the same time each day and my boyfriend pulls out during sex, how protected am i from pregnancy?

Very well protected: By taking the birth control pill regularly, the protection is over 99%. It is not suggested that you need additional protection. The pill is much more effective than 'pulling out' that also may diminish the pleasure of sex. However, sexually transmitted infection is very prevalent, especially among the young. You may seriously consider using condom in additional to the pill for disease prevention. ...Read more

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I recently took aviane birth control pills for 6 days straight and my husbane came inside me am i protected against pregnancy?

I recently took aviane birth control pills for 6 days straight and my husbane came inside me am i protected against pregnancy?

If first month no: If you are on Aviane for the first month and were not previously on oral contraceptives the previous cycle, then you have diminished protection against pregnancy. The first month on oral contraceptives, you shouldn't rely on them exclusively for pregnancy protection. Other forms of contraception should be used during the first month of oc use. ...Read more

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Just started birth control pills again.Had unprotected sex on last day of my active pills.Am i protected against pregnancy? Is first month effective?

Just started birth control pills again.Had unprotected sex on last day of my active pills.Am i protected against pregnancy? Is first month effective?

No: You are not considered protected during you first month of birth control pills. It is recommended to use another method as well. If pertinent to you remember pills do not prevent sexually transmitted diseases so keep that in mind too. ...Read more

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I start my new birth control pill pack 1 day late. I took 2 pills the next day. However, I had unprotected sex earlier that morning. Am I still protected from pregnancy?

I start my new birth control pill pack 1 day late. I took 2 pills the next day. However, I had unprotected sex earlier that morning. Am I still protected from pregnancy?

Not really: if you were ovulating that moment when you are having unprotected sex then no you are not protected that why people take the morning after pill if two pills of BCP taking late will do the job then there is no reason for plan B you might be ok if you start having symptoms or miss your period get tested or go to see your PCP might have a better plan for you ...Read more

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Can i still be protected against pregnancy if i were to mix multi vitamin packs with my birth control pill?

Can i still be protected against pregnancy if i were to mix multi vitamin packs with my birth control pill?

Yes- beneficial : Yes. I recommend that all women on oral contraceptives take vitamins. There is recent evidence that vit c & e may protect against oxidative stress induced by oral contraceptives. B vitamins may also be beneficial- see www.Nutraingredients-usa.Com/research/vitamins-c-e-may-benefit-women-on-oral-contraceptives & http://orthomolecular.Org/resources/omns/v06n20.Shtml. ...Read more

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Are you still protected from pregnancy even though you have breakthrough bleeding 4 days before placebo birth control pills?

Are you still protected from pregnancy even though you have breakthrough bleeding 4 days before placebo birth control pills?

Normally: This can happen for no particular reason and protection is unaffected. If however it occurred because you have been erratic about taking your pills or you have been on other medications, particularly antibiotics, then effectiveness may be reduced. ...Read more

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If I am between 5-6 hours late taking birth control pills 2x and had protected and then unprotected sex with no ejaculation what is my pregnancy risk?

If I am between 5-6 hours late taking birth control pills 2x and had protected and then unprotected sex with no ejaculation what is my pregnancy risk?

Low pregnancy risk: If you were 5-6 hours late taking your birth control pills twice and if you are otherwise taking your birth control pills every days, the chance of pregnancy is quite low. To have a chance of pregnancy you would probably need to be 12-24 hrs late. That being said, it is safest to take your bcp about the same time every day. ...Read more

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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more