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I had my period on 2 occasions with a span of 5mo in between. I was told by Dr. Nothing serious (cancer/cysts)is wrong with me. Can birth control help?

I had my period on 2 occasions with a span of 5mo in between. I was told by Dr. Nothing serious (cancer/cysts)is wrong with me. Can birth control help?

Maybe: The original studies of the pill were designed to reduce irregularity, excessive bleeding and pain with menses. Eventually the side effect of birth control became the main reason for their use. This is something you should discuss with your OBGYN. It has certainly been a benefit to many with the same problem. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Period ended on the 20th, and I'm still "bleeding". I did not have sex, and I'm not on birth control... It's not uterine cancer is it? Maybe stress?

Period ended on the 20th, and I'm still "bleeding". I did not have sex, and I'm not on birth control... It's not uterine cancer is it? Maybe stress?

Stress: You are too young for cancer of the uterus stress could influence you hormone balance if persist you need to be seen by GYN and remember Pap smear in general does not clear a women from cancer of the uterus only it can check for cervical cancer ...Read more

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Will birth control increase my chances of getting cancer if I have HPV?

Will birth control increase my chances of getting cancer if I have HPV?

No: HPV infection in many women under 30 is often transient as long as you exercise caution in choosing your sex partners and do your regular Pap tests. Birth control has nothing to do with it ...Read more

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I am new to birth control, but possible diagnose of cervical cancer. How high am I at risk?

I am new to birth control, but possible diagnose of cervical cancer. How high am I at risk?

Minimal risk: If you mean risk for cervical cancer because of birth control, it is not increased. Studies have shown some association but it is likely related to sexual practices. In other words, if you have multiple sexual partners then there is higher risk of getting the HPV virus which is at least partly related to cervical cancer. But the hormones in the pills will not increase your risk per se. ...Read more

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I have a possible diagnosis of cervical cancer and am starting on birth control for the first time. At how much risk am I?

I have a possible diagnosis of cervical cancer and am starting on birth control for the first time. At how much risk am I?

Promoting cancer: Hormonal birth control can promote cancer. When there is a question of cervical cancer, hormonal birth control needs to be discussed with the doctor, who established the diagnosis of possible cancer. ...Read more

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Does birth control cause cancer?

Does birth control cause cancer?

Possibly: Studies have shown that the use of birth control pills may increase the risk of developing breast and cervical cancer, but may actually decrease the risk of ovarian and uterine cancer. ...Read more

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I had idiopathic PE a year ago. No risk factors no birth control. No ongoing problems. I'm 30f should I worry about underlying cancer? Is it common?

I had idiopathic PE a year ago. No risk factors no birth control. No ongoing problems. I'm 30f should I worry about underlying cancer? Is it common?

Complete checkup: Cancer can present with a pulmonary embolism (PE) as the initial symptom, but this is not typical. A cancer risk assessment should include your family history and environmental exposures, particularly smoking. At age 30 a complete physical exam (with PAP smears) blood work, stool for occult blood, is all that is typically needed. Persons with risk factors may receive extra screening tests. ...Read more

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I'm 37 and I've been taking birth control for 11yrs. Is there a health risk for taking pills for so many yrs. Can it cause cancer also thank?

Yes less so with modern birth-control: Modern birth-control pills are very low dose compared to the oral contraceptives of yesterday. They are generally safe however there are complications from birth controls especially in smokers! Deep vein thrombosis as well as endometrial hyperplasia and less commonly endometrial cancer. ...Read more

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Since I take birth control pills can I still get cervial cancer?

Since I take birth control pills can I still get cervial cancer?

Yes: Birth control pills do not prevent cervical or any other cancer. You should get PAP smear done. You are still young enough to take HPV vaccination and I would recommend that you take the vaccination as that can prevent many cervical cancers. ...Read more

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Are there any birth control pills that won't cause forms of reproductive cancers?

Are there any birth control pills that won't cause forms of reproductive cancers?

Yes: Birth control pills prevent ovarian and endometrial cancers. Cervical cancer is increased due to most pill users do not use condoms and are more at risk for hpv infection which can cause cervical cancer. There is a small increase in breast cancer with more than 10 years use, but these patients tend to have a much less aggressive form o breast cancer. ...Read more

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Can giving a 12 year old birth control pills increase her chance of getting cancer?

Can giving a 12 year old birth control pills increase her chance of getting cancer?

No: Pills are not associated with an increase in cancer. If the twelve year ols has not finished growing, the hormones in the pills will stop her growth. Do not give the child the pills unless prescribed by her doctor to prevent her from being shorter than she should. ...Read more

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Was on birth control for 5 years now stopped is my changes of getting endometrial cancer still decreased for years to come?

Was on birth control for 5 years now stopped is my changes of getting endometrial cancer still decreased for years to come?

Yes: Birth-control pills reduce your lifetime risk of of ovarian and uterine cancer. The longer you're on them, the greater the risk reduction. Women who don't menstruate regularly (who have long gaps between their periods) also have a higher risk of uterine cancer. Birth-control pills are especially important for them. Maintaining a healthy weight and normal blood sugars are also important. ...Read more

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What happens if you smoke while taking birth control. Can that cause cancer?

What happens if you smoke while taking birth control. Can that cause cancer?

Bad things: Smoking while on birth control pills can cause deep vein thrombosis-blood clots usually found in leg veins. These can break off and go to the lungs-pulmonary embolism-and be deadly. If you are concerned with cancer, I recommend you seek help with smoking cessation. Tobacco is responsible for many types of cancer and other terrible diseases. ...Read more

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What is the link between cervical cancer and birth control pills?

What is the link between cervical cancer and birth control pills?

Behavior: People on birth control pills use condoms less and are, therefore, more likely to get a human papilloma virus which can cause cervical cancer. The main cause for cervical cancer is the human papilloma virus. ...Read more

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Why do doctors prescibe birth control pills since they cause cancer?

Why do doctors prescibe birth control pills since they cause cancer?

Because they do not.: There is no evidence that birth control pills cause cancer - the opposite is true; they prevent ovarian cancer on long-term use. ...Read more

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Do I have a higher risk of getting cervical cancer if im on birth control and have hpv?

HPV Risk: Hpv risks come with the strain of hpv you have. Birth control does not change this strain or the genetics of the virus. Your physician should now be able to tell you if you have high risk hpv strain or not. ...Read more

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What is the best birth control for women who have uterine cancer in their family history?

What is the best birth control for women who have uterine cancer in their family history?

IUD: The Mirena (levonorgestrel) iud releases Progesterone locally to the uterus and helps prevent endometrial hyperplasia. There are many types of uterine cancer and you will need to discuss with your doctor your risks based on the type that runs in your family. ...Read more

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Will spironolactone and birth control pills increase chance of getting cancer in females?

Will spironolactone and birth control pills increase chance of getting cancer in females?

No: In fact oral contraceptives has been found to decrease your chanes of ovarian cancer the longer you take it. If you have a long history of irregular periods the regulation with OC could also decrease the chances of endometrial cancer. ...Read more

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Does the cervical cancer shot help reduce the risk for cervical cancer from taking birth control pills?

Does the cervical cancer shot help reduce the risk for cervical cancer from taking birth control pills?

Kind of: Birth control pills can increase the risk of cervical cancer in a round about way. If you have unprotected sex (don't use a condom) because you figure you're safe on the pill to do so, then you may contract the hpv virus which can cause cervical cancer. The vaccine can reduce the chance of you catching this virus. The moral is, birth control pill or not, use a condom to reduce your risk of std's. ...Read more

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Is it safe for a cancer patient to eat birth control pills?

Is it safe for a cancer patient to eat birth control pills?

It depends: If the cancer is an estrogen dependent cancer, then the risk of pregnancy has to be balanced with the contraceptive pill's estrogen contribution to further cancer enhancement. If it is not an estrogen dependent cancer, then the use of the pill prevents an unwanted pregnancy in the midst of a serious medical life condition and its' use is very prudent. ...Read more

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Does long term use of birth control pills really decrease the chances of ovarian and uterine cancers? If so, by how much and how does it do that?

Yes.: Combination birth control pills reduce the risk of ovarian cancer and uterine cancers. Similar to multiple pregnancies and breastfeeding. They quiet the ovaries from all the activity of ovulating, stimulation. They help shed the lining of the uterus. ...Read more

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How long does cervical cancer take to develop? Normal pap less than a year ago but have been having some spotting the last few days. On birth control

How long does cervical cancer take to develop? Normal pap less than a year ago but have been having some spotting the last few days. On birth control

Variable: Pap screen is very reliable so it is unlikely to go from normal to cancer in one yr without going through precancerous stages that are easily diagnosed on Pap. There are many reasons for spotting in a young woman; cancer is the last to worry about. ...Read more

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Does birth control cause breast cancer?

Does birth control cause breast cancer?

Slightly: A 1996 analysis of more than 50 studies worldwide by the Collaborative Group on Hormonal Factors in Breast Ca found women who were current/recent users of birth control pills had a slightly higher risk of developing breast cancer than women who had never used the pill. The risk was highest for women starting oral contraceptives as teenagers. However, the risk was gone 10 years after stopping. ...Read more

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Can the cervical cancer shot counter the increased risk for cervical cancer from taking birth control pills?

Can the cervical cancer shot counter the increased risk for cervical cancer from taking birth control pills?

Much more than!: The increased risk of cervical cancer from use of birth control is tiny, if at all, depending on what studies you read. However, the hpv vaccine reduces your risk of cervical cancer by 75-80%, so it is way better! You figure if there is an increased risk of 1-2% from birth control pills, or even it was as much as a 5-10% difference, (which no way it is), then the vaccine really wins out. ...Read more

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Does a cervical cancer shot counter the increased risk for cervical cancer from taking the birth control pill?

Does a cervical cancer shot counter the increased risk for cervical cancer from taking the birth control pill?

Huh?: Birth control pills don't increase your risk for cervical cancer. Taking the shot will reduce it. I can't see how the two are related. ...Read more

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No birth control, not pregnant, spotting very lightly for 11 days now. Is this cancer? Always been irregular, dr says that's normal for me 2B irreg.

No birth control, not pregnant, spotting very lightly for 11 days now. Is this cancer? Always been irregular, dr says that's normal for me 2B irreg.

Get checked: Doubtful that you have cancer if you have been having regular checkups and pap smears. Irregular bleeding that lasts 11 days is not normal. Consult your healthcare provider for ways to regulate your cycle. ...Read more

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Have a thickened endometrium & mild-persistent abnormal bleeding, no stds, no cancer. Now on birth control but bleeding won't stop. Help stopping it.

Have a thickened endometrium & mild-persistent abnormal bleeding, no stds, no cancer. Now on birth control but bleeding won't stop. Help stopping it.

The utility of: The 'thickened endometrium' finding, premenopauselly, is not high. It is cycle dependant. It appears you had an endometrial biopsy. How long have you been on the sprintec? It can take 3 months to normalize bleeding. You may need a 'withdrawel bleed' but without knowing how long you have been on the pill it c an be difficult to say. ...Read more

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I have had two arm dvt's. One from birth control and one unexplained. I've heard these unexplained ones can be from occult cancer? How likely is this?

I have had two arm dvt's. One from birth control and one unexplained. I've heard these unexplained ones can be from occult cancer? How likely is this?

Low risk: Much more likely that you have a clotting abnormality where your blood clots too easily. There are a number of these conditions, and more common amongst women who have a clot on birth control. I urge you to set up an appointment with a hematologist (doctor who specializes in blood problems) and have a full evaluation done. Blood clots can be serious and even life-threatening. And if you smoke-stop! ...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


Dr. Neigatha Graney
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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