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Can birth control pills cause hypothyroidism?

Can birth control pills cause hypothyroidism?

NO: Birth control pills do cause some changes in the results of thyroid tests for women taking birth control pills, but they do not cause hypothyroidism. ...Read more

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Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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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 long term use of birth control pills with estrogen cause high TSH levels / hypothyroid ?

Can long term use of birth control pills with estrogen cause high TSH levels / hypothyroid ?

From what I can: gather in the literature, OC's can affect the thyroid,but I'm not sure it can cause frank hypothyroidism.. I would talk to an Endocrinologist about this. ...Read more

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I have hypothyroidism and i was wondering if the tablets im taking for this, will effect my birth control pills?

I have hypothyroidism and i was wondering if the tablets im taking for this, will effect my birth control pills?

No problem: Taking levothyroxine should not affect your birth control pill or its efficacy. However, people on oral contraceptives typically need a higher dose of thyroid hormone to keep the thyroid level normal, compared to when off the medication. ...Read more

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Will birth control pills damage my thyroid even more than it is? I already have hypothyroidism and taking levothyroxine.

Will birth control pills damage my thyroid even more than it is? I already have hypothyroidism and taking levothyroxine.

Birth Control: Doesn't damage your thyroid. The estrogen in the birth control pill will stimulate an increase in the amount of thyroid binding globulin (TBG) your body makes, so you may require a slightly higher dose of levothyroxine to compensate for the increased tbg. A similar phenomenon occurs during pregnancy. ...Read more

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If a hypothyroid woman is on birth control pills alone(no levothyroxine), would it improve some of her symptoms like acne or hair loss?

If a hypothyroid woman is on birth control pills alone(no levothyroxine), would it improve some of her symptoms like acne or hair loss?

Odd question: If she has low thyroid she will clearly benefit from thyroid therapy. Why not??? The specific type of birth control is significant. Some hormones reduce acne and improve hair problems. Some hormones (androgenic progesterones) aggravate acne and cause loss of scalp hair. All 3 of your meds reduce acne and reduce loss of scalp hair. For polycystic ovary, weight loss and perhaps metformin are useful. ...Read more

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Do birth control pills cause abortions?

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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Can birth control pills cause migrains?

Possibly: Changing hormone levels are capable of causing headaches in susceptible individuals. So this is a possibility, depending on your individual metabolism. Contact your prescriber or pharmacist for more information. ...Read more

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Dr. Su Fairchild
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Hypothyroidism (Definition)

The thyroid gland is an endocrine organ located in the front part of the neck. Its role is to make thyroid hormones, which control the way cells use energy. Hyperthyroidism results when the thyroid gland is overactive and too much thyroid hormone is produced, which speeds up metabolism. This results in weight loss, a quick heartbeat, sweating, nervousness, ...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