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Bcps Protect Against Pregnancy
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Condoms: Nope. They are equally effective.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
Do birth control pills offer any protection from sexually transmitted infections (stis), including hiv/aids?
Is birth control pills, a successful vasectomy, condoms, and withdrawal method, all used at same time, enough to protect against pregnancy?
Wow : That may get as close to 100% as it can get. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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?
Took birth control pills that expired 18 months ago based onlabel. Ive been taking these pills for 2 month. Was I still protected from pregnancy ?
Yes: The pills still work fine. If you are concerned asked your doctor to refill and you can pick up non expired pills. ...Read more
Am I protected right away from pregnancy when switching from high to low dose birth control pills?
Yes: Low dose pills are just as effective when used properly. Take daily at the same time. ...Read more
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I lost my second to last active birth control pill. I have one active pill left. Am i still protected against pregnancy for this month?
If I took 1 birth control pill out of order, but have continued on with the pack and taken 1 active pill a day am I still protected from 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
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?
If I have unprotected sex 3times a day & take birth control pills regularly can it protect me from unwanted pregnancy??
Yes: If taking appropriately is highly effectiveGet a more detailed answer ›
Am I protected from pregnancy when I start a new pack of birth control pills if I took more than 21 active pills before my placebo pills?
Yes: fully effective by this time.Get a more detailed answer ›
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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