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Dr. Warren Foster
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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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Is it normal for birth control pills to cause nausea sore breasts weird metal taste in mouth? I am on my second month so is my body still adapting?

Is it normal for birth control pills to cause nausea sore breasts weird metal taste in mouth? I am on my second month so is my body still adapting?

Yes: It usually takes at least 3 months for a body to adapt to a contraceptive pill. If you are still experiencing these symptoms after three months, return to your gynecologist for follow-up. ...Read more

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Hi , I don't know what is going on with my body Firstly , my period came a week early and was lighter than normal although it lasted a week and I wasn't having bad cramps I missed a couple of my birth control pills I have sore breasts and feel sick , a

Hi , I don't know what is going on with my body 
Firstly , my period came a week early and was lighter than normal although it lasted a week and I wasn't having bad cramps 
I missed a couple of my birth control pills 
I have sore breasts and feel sick , a

Missing pills: Missing birth control pills commonly causes a period to start early, and cause other menstrual irregularity. Anytime you miss more than one pill in a pack of pills, you should stop taking the pills, discard that pack, and wait until after your next period starts and then start a new pack of pills. If you are concerned about possibility of pregnancy do a pregnancy test, but it is unlikely. ...Read more

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Can birth control pills cause sore breast ?

Can birth control pills cause sore breast ?

Hormones: Breast tenderness is common during hormonal fluctuations during regular menstrual cycles, pregnancy, or use of hormone containing medications. Excessive caffeine intake can also make breast tissue more tender. ...Read more

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Is it normal to still have the breast edema/soreness caused by birth control pills 3 months after quitting the pill? When will it end?

Is it normal to still have the breast edema/soreness caused by birth control pills 3 months after quitting the pill? When will it end?

No: This seems a little long in terms of duration of symptomatology. I would go see a physician. I defer to some of my more experienced ob-gyn and internists on this group to further clarify. ...Read more

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Will missing birth control pills one month cause side effects the next month? Such as breast heaviness but no soreness?

Will missing birth control pills one month cause side effects the next month? Such as breast heaviness but no soreness?

No: Missing pills one month doesn't have an effect on the following month. Missing pills can change when you have your withdrawal bleeding (menstrual cycle), but after your cycle is complete you don't have to worry about any side effects. Breast heaviness can be side effect of pill, generally, can also be a sign of water retention or weight gain. ...Read more

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I'm 1wk late, 2 negative pregnant test, white vag discharge, sore breasts, am i pregnant? On birth control pills for 7 years now

I'm 1wk late,  2 negative pregnant test,  white vag discharge, sore breasts, am i pregnant? On birth control pills for 7 years now

Trust the test: Home pregnancy tests are very accurate. They are the same tests used in a doctor's office. They can detect a pregnancy 7-10 days after conception. The best time to take one is when you miss your period. If you doubt the result you can repeat it in 1-2 days. If you were pregnant the hormone level would rise enough for detection. ...Read more

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Why do I fell flu like with sore breasts, spotting a few days and a missed period, and a negative pregnancy test? My periods have always been regular and im on birth control pills and I have never been like this before other than when i was pregnant but i

Why do I fell flu like with sore breasts, spotting a few days and a missed period, and a negative pregnancy test? My periods have always been regular and im on birth control pills and I have never been like this before other than when i was pregnant but i

You : You may be having fluctuating hormones which can happen from stress, but please wait two days and recheck a pregnancy test. If you still don't have your period please consider seeing a physician for a blood pregnancy test. If you have pain, light-headedness, or vomiting then please be seen immediately. ...Read more

Breast Pain (Definition)

Breast pain is common. It is typically experienced during the menstrual period. Pain can range from mild tenderness, burning, dull ache, sharp or stabbing. It can be experienced in 1 or both breasts. Fibrocystic changes is the most common cause of breast pain. Hormonal medications (birth control, hormones) can cause pain as well. Infection ...Read more


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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