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Dr. Melissa Gowans
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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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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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I get cystic acne every month before my period. Other than taking birth control pills, what is the best treatment for painful cystic acne due hormone

I get cystic acne every month before my period. Other than taking birth control pills, what is the best treatment for painful cystic acne due  hormone

"Aggravated by": Hello, The reason your skin loses control during your period is because the fire is smoldering under the radar all month. When the hormones kick up, it's like gasoline on the fire. This video may help you get organized with this very emotional situation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjdCSMnjqlY hope it helps. -Dr. Neal Schwartz ...Read more

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I think my bloating is related to perimenoupause and birth control peels as hormone therapy does not help. How can it be treated?

I think my bloating is related to perimenoupause and birth control peels as hormone therapy does not help. How can it be treated?

Birth control ??: If you are taking "the pill" it may well be the cause. At "perimenopause" whatever that means, birth control is not needed. Otherwise, look to your diet because that is a common cause of bloating. ...Read more

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I have ongoing bloating. I am a female and 50 years old and i was taking birth control peels as hormone therapy to treat perimanapousal symptoms for ?

I have ongoing bloating. I am a female and 50 years old and i was taking birth control peels as hormone therapy to treat perimanapousal  symptoms for ?

Digestion: Most often bloating is due to digestive issues. Many women develop lactose and other food intolerance as they approach menopause. If keeping a food diary and making dietary changes doesn't help the bloating, we would usually order an ultrasound to be certain there isn't an issue with the ovaries or other gynecological cause. ...Read more

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What is the difference between hormone therapy and birth control?

What is the difference between hormone therapy and birth control?

Amount of hormone: Birth control pills have higher levels of hormones than what the body produces to be able to prevent pregnancy. When a woman is taking hormones for menopause symptoms like hot flashes she is taking low doses of hormones at the level her body would produce if her body was producing hormones. This is to replace hormones. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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