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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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Does birth control affect my risk for anemia?

Does birth control affect my risk for anemia?

Maybe: Usually decreases because helps to regulate heavy cycles, though occasional Depo Provera (medroxyprogesterone) and others can cause persistent bleeding. ...Read more

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Does birth control affect my anemia?

Does birth control affect my anemia?

What is the cause?: What is the cause of anemia? If anemia is caused by heavy, irregular period due to dysfunctional uterine bleeding - then oral birth control pill is actually something that can be tried by your gyne to regulate or stop the bleeding so that your anemia will not get worse. Otherwise, if anemia is caused by other cause-birth control pill will not affect your anemia significantly. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take iron pills (for anemia) along with birth control pills?

Is it safe to take iron pills (for anemia) along with birth control pills?

Yes: That sounds fine. A woman may take normal amounts of vitamin supplements, iron supplements, or omega-3 fish oil supplements... along with her birth control pills. Her doctor would be best able to recommend which supplements are beneficial. ...Read more

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Is there birth control pill that helps anemia and acne without weight gain?

Is there birth control pill that helps anemia and acne without weight gain?

No pill: Has been shown conclusively to cause weight gain, although many choose to believe it. No birth control pills have an absolutely consistent side effect profile either. All birth control pill choices basically come down to 'try it and see.'. ...Read more

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Trying to decide on birth control option for heavy menses causing anemia. Does Mirena (levonorgestrel) carry the same risk of thrombosis as oral contraceptives?

Trying to decide on birth control option for heavy menses causing anemia. Does Mirena (levonorgestrel) carry the same risk of thrombosis as oral contraceptives?

Both choices - good: Mirena (levonorgestrel) - the Progestin only IUD would be a very good choice. I recommend it's usage to my patients with heavy vaginal bleeding. Of course the OCP is a method tried and true for those needing cycle control. The Mirena (levonorgestrel), from the literature does not carry the risk of thrombosis of OCPs but at your age either would be a safe choice with low occurrence of thrombosis. ...Read more

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What are some ways to treat anemia after giving birth?

What are some ways to treat anemia after giving birth?

Usually iron: The most common cause of anemia in this setting is iron defficiency caused by blood loss. Iron rich foods include red meats, spinach, beans, and other vegetables. Some people don't absorb iron taken by mouth and require im or IV iron preporations. Many other causes of defficient red cell numbers exist, so if not responding, one should be worked up by their physician. ...Read more

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If I have pernicious anemia should I give birth naturally?

Best to see your OB: They will work with their hematology and perhaps GI colleagues to help guide decisions during your pregnancy. With modern medical and supportive care, I am not aware of a contraindications to natural childbirth in the setting of pernicious anemia. I suspect that you are already receiving folate (folic acid) supplementation from your doctors, which can ameliorate some pernicious anemia sequelae. ...Read more

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Is anemia very common after giving birth to a baby?

Is anemia very common after giving birth to a baby?

Not common, not rare: If you are referring to the mother i would say yes it is not uncommon. The baby receives almost all of its iron from the mother. As a woman loses blood with menses she may be low on iron to start a pregnancy (which is one reason they give prenatal vitamins); after losing additional iron to the baby the mother may become iron deficient which leads to anemia. ...Read more

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What are natural ways to treat anemia due to giving birth to a baby?

Iron rich foods: Anemia in pregnancy is common. Iron deficiency anemia, not enough iron for you and the growing fetus, is the most common cause. A prenatal vitamin can help supplement the nutrients needed. A diet high in iron rich foods (red meat, beans, clams, scallops, green veggies, artichokes, enriched cereals, liver..) help. Also foods rich in vitamin c (citrus fruits, juices) help iron absorbtion. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Anemia (Definition)

Anemia refers to any condition where there is a decrease in the red blood cells in the body. There are numerous causes of anemia but they can basically be broken down into 3 categories: decreased production of red blood cells increased destruction of red ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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