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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

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Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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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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Can birth control pills shrink fibroids?

Can birth control pills shrink fibroids?

May treat symptoms: Many women have uterine fibroids--a benign smooth muscle tumor. Most have no symptoms, but some women have heavy bleeding or pain. Birth control pills can often treat both bleeding and pain associated with fibroids, and thus are helpful. Fibroids generally do not cause fibroids to grow--and use of the pill may protect against the future development of fibroids. ...Read more

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Which choice would be better for fibroid tumors .The Depo-Provera shot or the birth control pill? If my fibroids shouldn't be hurting this bad what can be ?

Which choice would be better for fibroid tumors .The Depo-Provera shot or the birth control pill? If my fibroids shouldn't be hurting this bad what can be ?

Your fibroids: Could be hurting that bad, if the pain is from the fibroids those 2 meds will not shrink or treat the fibroids , those 2 meds can stop your periods so you won't bleed or have pain on your period if they work in your case which they may or may not. ...Read more

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I am on continuous birth control pills mainly due to uterine fibroids. All of a sudden this week I'm having a period. I have not missed a pill or been more than 2 hours late taking a pill. Is this something I should be concerned about?

I am on continuous birth control pills mainly due to uterine fibroids. All of a sudden this week I'm having a period. I have not missed a pill or been more than 2 hours late taking a pill. Is this something I should be concerned about?

Possibly: I'm assuming that you were given birth control pills continuously as an inexpensive way to control abnormal bleeding. You are experiencing breakthrough bleeding on the pill which is common. Birth control pills contain estrogen and progesterone, which may make your fibroid grow. My concern in your case is this: have you had a workup of your fibroid's with CBC, ultrasound, MRI, and hysteroscopy. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between a uterine fibroid and polyp? I took birth control pills on and off for a couple months.

Ultrasound: Using ultrasound your doctor can usually tell the difference between a polyp and a fibroid. Sometimes this can be challenging and a special ultrasound which uses saline infusion can be done. This is called a sonohystogram. This allows better visualization of the inside or cavity of the uterus. If we still are not sure we can look directly using a video camera called a hysteroscope. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have spotting between periods while on the birth control pill, i also suffer from fibroids?

Is it normal to have spotting between periods while on the birth control pill, i also suffer from fibroids?

Breakthrough bleed: Very common to have this with fibroids with and without use of the pill. Also, low dose pills can result in this type of bleeding. ...Read more

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I have had abnormal monthly bleeding for 3+ yrs. I tried birth control pills, had a hysterosonogram which showed polyps and fibroid. I had a dnc and the abnormal bleeding stopped for 3mths, then it came back. Md stumped. Ideas?

I have had abnormal monthly bleeding for 3+ yrs. I tried birth control pills, had a hysterosonogram which showed polyps and fibroid. I had a dnc and the abnormal bleeding stopped for 3mths, then it came back. Md stumped. Ideas?

Dysmenorrhea: At age 30, the likely causes are the cervical polyp and/or the fibroid. These tend to bleed and heal and bleed again. If the D&C debrided all the tissue, then it is a mystery. Possibly, the procedure left behind some abnormal remnants of the fibroid, and may need to be re debrided. Sometimes, ocs are prescribed for individuals who continue to have abnormal periods. If that doesn't work, D&C again? ...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

Fibroids (Definition)

Uterine fibroids are the most common pelvic tumor in women. 1 of every 3 women of child-bearing age have these tumors and up to 80% of african-american women have fibroids. They are often asymptomatic but they can also cause significant symptoms. It is the most common cause of heavy menstrual bleeding. Pelvic pain and increased urinary frequency ...Read more


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Uterine Fibroids (Definition)

Uterine fibroids are the most common pelvic tumor in women. They occur in 1 of every 3 women regardless of race and up to 80 % of african-american women of child bearing age. They are often asymptomatic but they can cause significant symptoms (exe. Heavy menstrual bleeding, pelvic pain, increased urinary frequency). They ...Read more