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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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What if I don't take birth control?

What if I don't take birth control?

Depends: Birth control is not for everyone. But if you are of child bearing age and sexual active then the possibility of getting pregnant is high if you are not on any form of birth control.
Birth control could also be used for management of other conditions like acne, irregular periods, or hot flashes. ...Read more

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Why haven't they made a male form of birth control yet?

Why haven't they made a male form of birth control yet?

They have: It's called a condom & been available is some form since the 16th century. As far as trying to stop production of 2 million sperm/d compared to release of one egg/mo, there are technical issues that make it unlikely. ...Read more

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Is good too take birth control when u don't have a cycle?

Is good too take birth control when u don't have a cycle?

Not bad.: Not sure what you are asking. If you are asking if you can start birth control when you aren't on your period then it is safe. If you are asking if you can start birth control if you haven't had periods in a while then yes it's usually safe but you should have a work up first to determine why you don't have periods. Good luck. ...Read more

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What pills/ medicine can't I take while in birth control?

Antibiotics: Most commonly antibiotics can make birth control pills less efficient. So, use a back up method if taking antibiotics and birth control pills. ...Read more

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I'm 16 and I can't afford any birth control? Any other choices?

I'm 16 and I can't afford any birth control? Any other choices?

Condoms/abstinance: You can find condoms in many dollar stores and some planned parenthood centers will provide these services for free. Various states allow evaluation and treatment for reproductive issues to teens on a confidential basis. ...Read more

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Is it bad if I don't take my birth control every day at the same time?

Yes: If you are irregular in taking bcp you run the risk of irregular bleeding and even pregnancy. Bcp should be taken within 1 hour of the same time each day. You may change the time at the beginning of a new pack. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my girlfriend doesn't trust methods of birth control?

What do you suggest if my girlfriend doesn't trust methods of birth control?

The two of you: Can educate yourself about the various methods of contraception. Now, - if she says she doesn't want to have sex (regardless of reason) I would respect that boundary. ...Read more

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Should I still get on birth control anyways if I don't have a boyfriend now?

Should I still get on birth control anyways if I don't have a boyfriend now?

Continue pills: According to statistics up to 50 % of pregnancies are unintended, not necessarily unwanted, meaning that these women got into situations, where unprotected intercourse happened and resulted in a pregnancy. While we consider ourselves rational beings, when it comes to reproduction, the desire to procreate seems to inexplicably by-pass rational thinking. Its best to be prepared at all times. ...Read more

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Is it bad that I don't take my birth control at the same exact time every day?

Is it bad that I don't take my birth control at the same exact time every day?

No but you should: It will still work but you should take your bcp at the same time every day
get in the habit at night after or before dinner, or at bed time or in morning after you brush your teeth
you will remember to take it with the activity you do daily like brush your teeth etc. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens if you don't start birth control at the right time?

Could you tell me what happens if you don't start birth control at the right time?

Depends: At the worstit will mess up the timing of your period and you might have bleeding at a time when you do not expecte it then again it might happen. It will not harm you. ...Read more

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What happens if I don't take my birth control at the exact same time every day, can it mess with my mood?

What happens if I don't take my birth control at the exact same time every day, can it mess with my mood?

OCPs: The most common thing to happen is breakthrough bleeding. Certainly moodiness can occur as well as other symptoms such as breast tenderness. ...Read more

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I'm 17 what birth control would be good for me?? I don't want to gain more weight because im trying to loss it

I'm 17 what birth control would be good for me?? I don't want to gain more weight because im trying to loss it

Low dose pills: There are many low dose pills available for your age. I suggest a pelvic exam and GYN consultation for the best pill for you. ...Read more

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I gained around 30lbs in a couple of months due to birth control I was on...No longer on that form n can't seem to shed the weight...Help!

Not from birth contr: Birth control can make you gain a ound or so from water retention
excess weight is not from birth controlbut excess eating and lac of exercise
are you pregnant. ...Read more

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I didn't finish my first week of birth control only took 6. I did the take 5 now then another 5 12 hours later. Didn't use protection. Am I safe?

I didn't finish my first week of birth control only took 6. I did the take 5 now then another 5 12 hours later. Didn't use protection. Am I safe?

Hard to follow: I think you are saying that you did not take your birth control correctly and then used a method of emergency contraception by taking 5 pills twice. That method decreases the risk of unplanned pregnancy. You will need to check a pregnancy test in about 2 weeks. Consider using an IUD or an easier method of contraception to avoid these scares. ...Read more

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What is the safest, most permanent birth control for men? After "accidentally" having a 3rd kid, I want to make 101% sure that is doesn't happen again

What is the safest, most permanent birth control for men? After "accidentally" having a 3rd kid, I want to make 101% sure that is doesn't happen again

Vasectomy: Vasectomy is a form of male birth control that cuts the supply of sperm to your semen. It's done by cutting and sealing the tubes that carry sperm. Vasectomy has a low risk of problems and can usually be performed in an outpatient setting under local anesthesia. Vasectomy is considered permanent. ...Read more

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I take birth control for medicinal purposes & not contraception is it bad that I often don't take it at the same time every day? Why & what does it do

I take birth control for medicinal purposes & not contraception is it bad that I often don't take it at the same time every day? Why & what does it do

Don't worry: Probably you are taking it to regulate your period. As long as you take with in 24 hours it is ok. ...Read more

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I'm under my dads insureence and have a birth control perscription but wany to make surw they don't find out, will paying cash keepinf them from knowing?

I'm under my dads insureence and have a birth control perscription but wany to make surw they don't find out, will paying cash keepinf them from knowing?

Maybe: Birth control pills are available at walmart, kroger and target for $4 a month paying cash. You may want to take your prescription there. Honesty is always at the best policy but at 18 you are an adult and do not need permission to make health care decisions for yourself. ...Read more

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Which birth control doesn't cause depression?

Which birth control doesn't cause depression?

Not Clear Yet: Currently, it is thought that combined progestin + estrogen birth control formulations may be less likely to trigger depressive symptoms than progestin-only contraceptives. Bottom line is that more research is needed to clarify the relationship between various birth control forms and mood changes. ...Read more

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Are there any types of birth control that don't cause melasma?

Yes: Any non-hormonal type of birth control is not associated with melasma. This includes condoms, cervical cap, diaphragm or the copper containing iud. ...Read more

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I haven't gotten period im 2weeks. But im on birth control n taking a antbiotics related?

I haven't gotten period im 2weeks. But im on birth control n taking a antbiotics related?

Could be: Many antibiotics can decrease the effect of birth control pills. If you are sexually active and your period is late, it is time to see your doctor for a pregnancy test. ...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