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Are male birth control pills effective?

Are male birth control pills effective?

Not yet, but soon.: Male hormonal birth control pills/shots/implants are still a long ways away. Clinical trials are happening at UCLA (Harbor) and University of Washington (Seattle) and they are promising. For the time being, men can use male/female condoms, get a vasectomy, withdraw, be aware of their partner's fertile times, and abstain. Condoms probably the best option if used correctly. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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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 taking birth control pills help a hormone imbalance?

Can taking birth control pills help a hormone imbalance?

It won't fix it: It will help to shed the uterine lining and may help with some things like unwanted male- type hair growth... But it won't fix the underlying imbalance. It's critical to have a diagnosis before simply taking a birth control pill. ...Read more

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Which pills are low dose birth control pills?

Which pills are low dose birth control pills?

All are: There are no high dose birth control pills, all are low dose. Some are lower then others but none are high dose. The different doses amount to a marketing gimmick to make one pill a little different from another. There are very low dose pills that have much less estrogen than the average pill - there is no particular benefit to those pills and most of them have more BTB and more pregnancies. ...Read more

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Are birth control pills the same as hormone replacement therapy?

Are birth control pills the same as hormone replacement therapy?

No: Birth control pills and HRT contain different types of Estrogens and progesterones and different dosages of hormones. They have been developed to meet different needs for women at different stages of their lives and thus have different risks, benefits, and side effects. ...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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Are higher dose birth control pills discontinued?

Are higher dose birth control pills discontinued?

Yes: Birth control pills with high dose estrogen (50ug) have been discontinued given that such a high dose isn't necessary. All doses now are generally fairly low at 20-35ug. If you're worried, consider a long acting method like an implant or IUD that do not contain estrogen at all! ...Read more

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What bioidentical hormones are in birth control pills?

What bioidentical hormones are in birth control pills?

Estradiol Valerate: Presently, there are no BI contraceptive pills available in the US. Bayer Schering has developed and submitted QLAIRA® (estradiol valerate/dienogest) to the FDA as a "natural" contraceptive and the first in a "New Class" of OCPs. It is patent pending. Qlaira® delivers 17?-estradiol (E2) plus dienogest (DNG) in a 26/2 regimen. It is available in the UK, is well-tolerated + with good reviews. ...Read more

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Do birth control pills stop menstruation?

Do birth control pills stop menstruation?

Possibly: For most they lighten and shorten the periods. Some lucky patients have no bleeding when taking the pills. ...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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Can birth control pills be abortifacients?

Can birth control pills be abortifacients?

No: Birth control pills prevent pregnancy, they are contraceptives. This is true for the morning after pill. Abortifacients are different, they cause a pregnancy to miscarry by affecting the placenta or Progesterone levels. Mifepristone (ru 486) is an abortifacient. Birth control pills do not cause abortion! ...Read more

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How effective are Watson sronyx birth control pills?

How effective are Watson sronyx birth control pills?

Same as other pills: All birth control pills are more than 95% effective with typical use, But consider a long acting, reversible method of birth control like an implant or IUD so that you don't have to remember to take a birth control pill. Easy to place and fewer side effects as well because they provide a sustained release of hormones at a low dose, so they're very safe! ...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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Do birth control pills cause abortions?

No: Birth control pills work by keeping you from ovulating, not by aborting a conceived baby. ...Read more

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Birth control pills do affect periods?

Birth control pills do affect periods?

Yes: Birth control pills often make periods lighter and shorter. They also decrease your risk of ovarian cancer by 50% if taken for 5 years and decrease your risk of uterine cancer as well. ...Read more

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Can birth control pills affect pregnancy?

Can birth control pills affect pregnancy?

If you are already: Pregnant , you should stop the oral contraceptive but it will not terminate an on-going pregnancy. ...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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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

Dr. Neigatha Graney
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Hormone (Definition)

A hormone (from greek ὁρμή, "impetus") is a chemical released by a cell or a gland in one part of the body that sends out messages that affect cells in other parts of the organism. Only a little amount of hormone is required to alter cell metabolism. In essence, it is a chemical messenger that transports a signal from ...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