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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


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I've been taking birth control pills for about 4 years now and I was just curious how long it takes for it to be effective when you start a new pack?

I've been taking birth control pills for about 4 years now and I was just curious how long it takes for it to be effective when you start a new pack?

Continuous: If you are taking birth control pills as prescribed, you have coverage for the entire pack. There is no need for back up contraceptive for the entire cycle. If you miss one to two pills in a pack, you will need to use a back up form of contraception during that pack. ...Read more

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Brown discharge since starting new pack, 10th day of new pack now- hasn't stopped. Never happened before. Been on this birth control for years. Worry?

Brown discharge since starting new pack, 10th day of new pack now- hasn't stopped. Never happened before. Been on this birth control for years. Worry?

Probably not: Sometimes pill formulations do not agree with your body's response to them. If you are taking your pill regularly everyday at the same time, there is probably no need to worry. If you are still concerned about pregnancy use a "back up" method of contraception. ...Read more

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I started augmentin on Wednesday and had already had my period for the month. On Thursday I started bleeding and having period symptoms. Is this normal? I am not on birth control pills I have been using the nuvaring for about three years now.

I started augmentin on Wednesday and had already had my period for the month. On Thursday I started bleeding and having period symptoms. Is this normal? I am not on birth control pills I have been using the nuvaring for about three years now.

Antibiotics & OCPs: Antibiotics may decrease hormonal contraceptive efficacy.

Alternative contraception has been recommended especially if diarrhea or breakthrough bleeding are noted in women taking oral contraceptives who receive antibiotics (even though breakthrough bleeding is now recognized as a false marker of lessened contraceptive efficacy). ...Read more

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I was a birth control for a year now. I'm not on it, it's been a year that I stopped. My question is why can't I get pregnant?

Big question!: There is usually no effect on fertility in the year following discontinuation of birth control. You need an evaluation for infertility that would include a thorough history, exam, ultrasound, labs and a semen analysis of your partner. ...Read more

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Been taking microgestin birth control for a year now? I can't stop gaining weight, I'm hungry all the time, headache & naseau? What could it be?

Trya different pill: A few ideas. You may want to try a different birth control pill that doesn't have those side effects. You may also want to try a calorie tracker app like, my fitness pal. Birth control pills don't cause women to gain weight, however, sometimes women's appetites increase on the pill and they eat more. Tracking your calories can be a way to determine if taking too many calories. ...Read more

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Getting your period before your scheduled period on birth control? I have been on birth control for two years now. I have been on this same birth control for a year now without any problems. I haven't missed any pills and my period has been on time. Well

Getting your period before your scheduled period on birth control? I have been on birth control for two years now. I have been on this same birth control for a year now without any problems. I haven't missed any pills and my period has been on time. Well

Continue: Continue to take your pills as you normally would to continue being protected against pregnancy. Some spotting can be normal between periods, but heavy bleeding could signal a problem. You should call your doctor. They may be able to give your something to stop the cramps and bleeding. Also, after an exam and possible blood tests, they will be able to tell you if your bleeding is anything to be concerned about. Good luck! ...Read more

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I haven't been on birth control for a year now. I had a short and light period 2 weeks ago. Now I notice light spotting during the day. Pregnant?

I haven't been on birth control for a year now. I had a short and light period 2 weeks ago. Now I notice light spotting during the day. Pregnant?

Maybe: If you have had sex without protection there is a chance you might be pregnant. Do home pregnant test on first morning urine. If negative, repeat in 7-10 days. If both negative, unlikely you are pregnant. Hope this helps. Good luck ...Read more

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My period was brown and then some red I'm on birth control for a year now but the condom broke on the last day if ovulation?

My period was brown and then some red I'm on birth control for a year now but the condom broke on the last day if ovulation?

Pregnancy?: Sounds like you are okay. If you are concerned, take a pregnancy test to be sure. Sounds like you are using two methods of birth control so there is less likelihood of pregnancy. :) ...Read more

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Chances of me becoming pregnant. What are the chances of me becoming pregnant if I had sex with someone and there was no ejaculation. I've also been on the lo loestrin birth control for a year now but I just switched a week ago to the loestrin 1/20 fe

Chances of me becoming pregnant. What are the chances of me becoming pregnant if I had sex with someone and there was no ejaculation. I've also been on the lo loestrin birth control for a year now but I just switched a week ago to the loestrin 1/20 fe

The: The chances of becoming pregnant while on the pill are very low if you are taking your pill each morning. Have you skipped or missed any pills? Also you actually switched to a birth control with more hormone as opposed to a lower dose. Also with no ejaculation the chances decreasing even further. Are you around the time of your menses? Did you skip your menses? I am an ob/gyn in boca raton if you would like to be seen. Www. Obgynspecialistsllc. Com is the website for our practice.

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Been on birth control for a year to regulate my period and prevent pregnancy have been diagnosed with PCOS and now I barley get a period lasts 1-3 day?

Been on birth control for a year to regulate my period and prevent pregnancy have been diagnosed with PCOS and now I barley get a period lasts 1-3 day?

PCOS: Oral bcp's are prescribed for PCOS because ovulation is infrequent and unpredictable, so fertile times are difficult to predict. If you stopped bcp's and your periods are short (1-3 days) you might not be ovulating. It is not always PCOS which causes this, and simple means to cause ovulation may help. Unless you are trying to become pregnant, bcp's are safe with PCOS for other reasons. ...Read more

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I've been on birth control for almost a year now, is occasional spotting still normal?

I've been on birth control for almost a year now, is occasional spotting still normal?

Yes: It can be normal. Make sure you are up to date with your check ups and let your doctor know it is going in so they can be sure there is no other cause. They can also give you some medications to decrease the spotting or stop it. ...Read more

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I'm on birth control and I have been bleeding for almost four weeks now.? I have been on birth control for about a year

I'm on birth control and I have been bleeding for almost four weeks now.? I have been on birth control for about a year

Some: Some forms of birth control such as the Depo-Provera shot can be associated with prolonged bleeding in the first few months that you are on it, but any prolonged bleeding that starts or continues after you have been on birth control for more than 6 months should be evaluated by a doctor. You could just have a hormone imbalance causing your bleeding, but you could also have something more serious such as endometrial cancer. The best and safest thing you can do is give your doctor a call. Good luck! ...Read more

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I take my 21 day birth control consecutive for 3 months, for a year now. I still get spotting around my natural time, how can I stop this immediately?

I take my 21 day birth control consecutive for 3 months, for a year now. I still get spotting around my natural time, how can I stop this immediately?

Estrogen: Low dose estrogen is usually the best way to stop spotting that occurs during a continuous regimen pill. Check with your doctor to see if this is appropriate for you. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Do I need to go on birth control if I've only had my period 3 times from now since February of this year???

Do I need to go on birth control if I've only had my period 3 times from now since February of this year???

Confusing question: The answer is somewhat dependent on whether you are having regular intercourse and want to avoid pregnancy. If no exposure, no need. If you want to get pregnant, no need. Birth control is based on either preventing egg release, preventing sperm contact with the egg, or making the uterus unreceptive to a fertilized egg. If you don't know when or if you are releasing eggs, you assume you will. ...Read more

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I've been taking birth control for about a year. Evey time I missed a pill I usually only bleed for a couple days. This time for 9 days now. Why is that?

I've been taking birth control for about a year. Evey time I missed a pill I usually only bleed for a couple days. This time for 9 days now. Why is that?

Pill usage: Oral contraception is designed to be used every day at the same time each day. The dosages are so minimal, that "skipping or forgetting" pills will result in "breakthrough bleeding". If this is a regular occurrence for you an alternative contraceptive method may be considered. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get pregnant while on birth control? I've been on Microgestin 1/20 for a year now.

Yes: Birth control pills are very effective as long as you take them everyday like you are supposed to. However, if you miss one pill it is possible to get pregnant. Also, certain medications such as antibiotics or any fungal medications can decrease the efficacy of the birth control pills. For this reason I always advise patients to use a backup method during that period of time. ...Read more

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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