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Can you tell me what combination birth control pills are?

Can you tell me what combination birth control pills are?

Estrogen/progesteron: Combination pills contain one form of estrogen and one form of progesterone. There are also Progesterone only birth control pills that are used more frequently for breastfeeding mothers. Ask your doctor what pill is right for you! ...Read more

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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Birth control pills use?

Birth control pills use?

Safe/effective: Not sure of your question but birth control pills are safe, effective, easy to take - 1 per day, well tolerated, and have other benefits like shorter/ lighter/ less crampy periods. ...Read more

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Birth control pill (Tip)

9% of women will get pregnant in the first year of using birth control pills. ...See more

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Do birth control pills expire?

Do birth control pills expire?

Yes: All medications expire- ocps, like other meds, do not immediately become inactive on the expiry date, but effectiveness and safety diminish over time, and for such an important med it's an unacceptable risk to take expired pills. ...Read more

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Switching birth control pills?

Switching birth control pills?

Birth control pills: There are many types and doses of birth control pills. If one is not working well for you after three months, few side effects, talk to your doctor about changing to a different formulation or type of administration. There are also patches and rings which have the same medication but bypass the stomach and less problems with nausea. ...Read more

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Birth control pill (Tip)

Find/take your pill before your brush your teeth so you can't leave your house without doing it! ...See more

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Can birth control pills go bad?

Yes: Check the expiration date - if they are expired, then use condoms until you get a new prescription. ...Read more

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How do birth control pills work?

How the pill works: Most birth control pills are "combination pills" containing a combination of the hormones estrogen and Progesterone to prevent ovulation. The pill also works by thickening the mucus around the cervix, which makes it difficult for sperm to enter the uterus an fertilize any eggs that are there. Some of the hormones found in the pill sometimes make it difficult for an egg to attach to the wall. ...Read more

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Birth control pill (Tip)

Am I a good candidate for pills? Are there better options (Nuvaring, IUD, Implanon)? how do I start? ...See more

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Can I chew birth control pills.?

Can I chew birth control pills.?

No: It is best not to chew a pill that is not designed to be consumed that way. There is a pill available, generess, that is chewable. ...Read more

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Is birth control pill bad for you?

Is birth control pill bad for you?

Not particularly: If you are healthy otherwise, the pill is not bad. In fact, the pill protects you from anemia, ovarian and uterine cancer, and of course unwanted pregnancy. ...Read more

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Birth control pill (Tip)

One per day - ideally at the same time. Don't take if over 35 yo and smoke. Spotting gen. Resolves. ...See more

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How is the birth control pill used?

How is the birth control pill used?

Daily pill: Birth control pills are hormone pills that are taken daily. Depending on the pill, they change mucus from the cervix, the lining of the uterus and the motion of the tubes to prevent pregnancy. Many will also prevent the ovaries from putting out an egg. Pills can get rid of or make your periods regular, lighter and less painful. Using pills can decrease your risks of uterine and ovarian cancer. ...Read more

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Whatis the best birth control pill?

Whatis the best birth control pill?

Any that you take: The pill that you will take daily is the best. Beyond that it really depends on the individual patient's situation medically and regarding insurance coverage. ...Read more

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How can I take birth control pills?

How can I take birth control pills?

Every day: The way to take birth control pills is to take one pill a day every day, at about the same time. Most packs of pills have the days of the week written on the pack - so you know if you took that days pill or not. I sometimes have woman start the pack on the 5th day of the period or on the sunday following the first day of the period. When you finish a pack the next day start the next one. ...Read more

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How do you use birth control pills?

How do you use birth control pills?

Every day orally: Oral contraceptives are taken every day about the same time each day without any other medications. They are one of the more effective means of contraception when taken appropriately. ...Read more

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How does the birth control pill work?

How does the birth control pill work?

Blocks ovulation: The birth control pill contains both estrogen and Progesterone and is contraceptive because it blocks ovulation. No egg - no preg! ...Read more

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Which is the best birth control pill?

Which is the best birth control pill?

IUD/Implants > Pills: Regardless of your age, blood pressure, family history, or reactions to other birth control, the most effective and safest methods of birth control are long-acting progestin-only methods, such as the implant or the hormonal IUD, which decrease rates of endometrial cancer and decrease bleeding. They're safe, reversible, and don't affect weight gain/mood. They're almost as good as getting sterilized ...Read more

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What is the best birth control. Pill?

The one you use: The best birth control method is the one you will use consistently and correctly. That is going to depend on the person. For some it is the pill, the patch or nuvaring. For others the depoprovera shot. Many like nexplanon, paragard or mirena (levonorgestrel). Condoms and spermicide are an option. Research your options and choose what is right for you. Avoid pregnancy until you are ready. ...Read more

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Are all birth control pills the same?

Are all birth control pills the same?

No: Different pills have different doses of estrogen/progesterone. Your doctor may choose the type that best suits you and may also help with additional symptoms that you may be experiencinge. G. Acne excessive hair growth etc. ...Read more

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Is the birth control pill still safe?

Yes, for most women: The pill is a very safe method of birth control and the risks are considerably less than the risks of pregnancy for most women. An important risk factor is smoking. If you are a smoker and over 35 you should not take the pill. ...Read more

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Who can not take birth control pills?

Who can not take birth control pills?

BCP: Contraindicated for + above 40 and smoking, history of deep vein thrombosis, some brain tumors, some kinds of seizures, severe hi blood pressures... ...Read more

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How does the birth control pill work?

How does the birth control pill work?

Multiple ways: Birth control pills contain hormones that prevent ovulation (release of an egg every month), alter cervical mucus, and render the uterine lining unfavorable for implantation. These additive effects reliably prevent pregnancy. ...Read more

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How effective is birth control pills?

How effective is birth control pills?

BCP: Birth control pills if they are used as prescribed are 99% effective with perfect use and 92% effective with typical use. ...Read more

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What are the best birth control pills?

What are the best birth control pills?

No 1 best pill.: Discuss with your provider to determine which would best meet your needs. Take care. ...Read more

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How effective are birth control pills?

How effective are birth control pills?

95-99%: Depending on the pill type, most oral contraceptives are effective in the high 90's percentages. However, it also depends on compliance by the user - miss doses and efficacy quickly drops. While 99% sounds pretty good, that still means about 1 pregnancy in 100 women per year, and if you are that 1 pregnancy, you may not be very happy. The only 100% effective form of birth control is abstinence. ...Read more

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Will birth control pills work for men?

Not as well: Studies are ongoing to develop a pill to supress sperm production in men. Preventing one ovulation a month appears to be much easier than preventing the formation of hundreds of millions of sperm cells over the same period. I don't think men are going to be quite as motivated to take the pill every day as women are. ...Read more

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When is the birth control pill started?

Different options: Some pills have a sunday start and you just start them the first sunday after your period starts. Others have stickers so you can start on any day. With these you can either start the first day of your period or the first day you get your prescription. Talk to your doctor about the differences in time until you're protected and side effects with the different options. ...Read more

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What if a man took birth control pills?

Not recommended: There is no reason for a man to take oral contraceptives. ...Read more

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Where can I go gor birth control pills?

Where can I go gor birth control pills?

U need to see a heal: Health care provider either a board certified gyn or a clinic like planned parethood, u need an exam and pap and make sure you are a candidate for the pills and have no contraindiciations, and I always give my patients free samples to start out with if I have the kind that they need and then they will write u a script for u to get the pills at the pharmacy or mail order pharm. ...Read more

Dr. Stephen Scholand
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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


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Oral Contraceptive (Definition)

Oral contraceptives are a kind of women's ...Read more