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Can I stay on the pill through perimenopause to control my mood?

Can I stay on the pill through perimenopause to control my mood?

Yes for a while: It is considered safe and appropriate for a women to use birth control pills until the age of 55 or 56, except for smokers - tobacco smokers should not take the birth control pill after the age of 35 due to the increased risk for blood clots and strokes. ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Mood (Definition)

Is how a patient says they feel, or how someone feels internally, versus how someone's mood appears, which is called "affect." if you say your mood is "happy, " and you appear to be so, we would say that your affect is congruent. If, however, you actually look really angry, we would say your mood is "happy" and ...Read more


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Is there any way i can switch around placebo pills in birth control? The week I am going on vacation to see my boyfriend and that will be the week I am on my placebo pills for birth control and i will be having sexual intercourse. I need to know the best

Is there any way i can switch around placebo pills in birth control? The week I am going on vacation to see my boyfriend and that will be the week I am on my placebo pills for birth control and i will be having sexual intercourse. I need to know the best

Instead : Instead of taking your placebo pills, just start the new pack. Hopefully, you'll just skip your period for the month. Depending on the amount of estrogen in the pills you are on, you may experience a little spotting before your next period. This is normal. Good luck! ...Read more

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How can I trigger a period naturally and safely? Don't want to go back on birth control for adult amenorrhea and low estrogen.

How can I trigger a period naturally and safely? Don't want to go back on birth control for adult amenorrhea and low estrogen.

need diagnosis: First, you need to find out why you are not having peroids. It could be due to a problem with your pituitary gland or your ovaries. Once the cause is known, then the treatment will be known. See a gynecologist or and endocrinologist for testing. ...Read more

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Bc youre put on bcpills while on accutane. can stopping the pills after accutane treatment cause the acne to come back due to change in hormones?

Bc youre put on bcpills while on accutane. can stopping the pills after accutane treatment cause the acne to come back due to change in hormones?

Not the issue: The issue is the destructive nature of Accutane on a fetus. It is not prescribed because it helps the Accutane. It is known to produce birth defects if taken during pregnancy. That is why you are asked to avoid pregnancy. Anyone can have a flare of acne after coming off Accutane, or any other time, but it would not be directly related to the BCP. ...Read more

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How long does it take after stopping oral contraceptives for my natural cycle to swing back to its rhythm? Feeling so out of tune with my body lately.

How long does it take after stopping oral contraceptives for my natural cycle to swing back to its rhythm? Feeling so out of tune with my body lately.

30 to 90 days: Menses resumes within 30 days in many women after stopping the pill. However, by 90 days menses and fertility should resume in most women who had a regular cycle prior to the pill. If no menses after 90 days then an amenorrhea evaluation should be done. ...Read more

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I just switched from the combined pill to the mini pill. Is there any way to predict when I will get my first period on the mini pill?

No: The mini pill, or progestin only pill, has no placebo week. You are taking active hormone all months most women will have no bleeding on the mini pill. If you do bleed, it is usually light but unpredictable. ...Read more

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Can your body get used to birth control and it stops working after being on the same pill for years?

Can your body get used to birth control and it stops working after being on the same pill for years?

No: For your body to ovulate you need hormone cycles that birth control pills stop. That does not "wear off". You may want to look a little deeper into the use of using those artificial hormones, though. Your body is designed to go through those cycles, and in the long-term you could have problems from suppressing them. ...Read more

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Can I switch from the contraceptive pill to the injection? And can I do so without finishing the pack of pills? I have bad break through bleeding.

Can I switch from the contraceptive pill to the injection? And can I do so without finishing the pack of pills? I have bad break through bleeding.

Can switch if u want: Breakthrough bleeding (bleeding at the wrong time) is very common on birth control. It happens in about 1/3 of users. Its no big deal and usually self corrects over time. If you are not satisfied or it continues to happen then consider using a different birth control method. It is a common side effect and does not mean something is wrong or that the pill is not working. ...Read more

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What is the safest birth control to take for water weight gain swellind of the arms legs breast during menstrual cycle dr recently put me on beyaz to treat the symptoms but do not like what i hear about the pill

Combination "pill": An oral contraceptive, which is a combination of both estrogen and Progesterone will be the safest oral contraceptive. Progesterone only in high dosage prevents ovulation 97-99% of the time and estrogen negative feedback on the leutinizing hormone prevents lh surge, which is necessary for ovulation.Thanks. ...Read more

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Can the hormones in birth control pills cause increased under arm odor? I noticed it right after I went on them for the first time.

Can the hormones in birth control pills cause increased under arm odor? I noticed it right after I went on them for the first time.

Anything is possible: I have never had a patient complain of that, the only thing you can do is stop that pill at the end of the month , not mid cycle, and try a different one with a differnet type of progesetrone, as that may be the cause as they all have the same type of estrogen, if the second pill does the same thing then u will need different form of birth control, but see your gyn to see what your gyn wants. ...Read more

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I'm currently on birth control and hormone medicine to stop endo. how is stopping my period going to help and why do I still get the pain and cramping?

I'm currently on birth control and hormone medicine to stop endo. how is stopping my period going to help and why do I still get the pain and cramping?

Well...: The idea behind your treatment is "SIMULATE" hormonally a pregnant state. Tis leads to have all endometrial tissue be less active, or sometimes totally inactive. Over a period of time, months, the symptoms will improve. And, it takes while, and it varies with the extent of endometriosis and the sites that are affected. ...Read more

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I was on Depo-Provera for 14 years went off in march. How long will it take to start my cycle? Can I also get pregnant in the meantime with no menstrual cy

I was on Depo-Provera for 14 years went off in march.   How long will it take to start my cycle?  Can I also get pregnant in the meantime with no menstrual cy

A while: might be up to 6-12 months before a period and yes you can get pregnant before you have a period. You will ovulate prior to your period. ...Read more

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I'm on the Cerazette pill and have irregular periods and i'm going on holiday in june is there anything i can take to stop me coming on?

I'm on the Cerazette pill and have irregular periods and i'm going on holiday in june is there anything i can take to stop me coming on?

Continuous : If you skip the placebo pills and start a new pack; you can delay your period for as long as you want. This is safe and can be done for several cycles at a time. The biggest risk is breakthrough bleeding. ...Read more

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Can I use the paragard iud with my birth control pills? I want to keep my period regulated. Also will it make one another less effective?

Can I use the paragard iud with my birth control pills? I want to keep my period regulated. Also will it make one another less effective?

Unusual but seems OK: The ParaGard IUD and the contraceptive pills prevent pregnancy by 2 different mechanisms which would seem to complement each other and give you double protection, plus lighter, less painful and perhaps more regular menses ...but at a higher over all cost. I do not believe there is any plausible evidence that this unusual combination should "make one another less effective". ...Read more

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What do the experts think, should my mood swings settle down switching from the pill to the implant?

What do the experts think, should my mood swings settle down switching from the pill to the implant?

Mood swings: Shifts in hormones can lead to mood swings. After implant placement, it can take some time for the mood to stabilize. It should. If it becomes a problem for you though at any point, call your doctor to discuss this. People can have very different reactions & experiences that may need to be addressed. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Lyons
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Perimenopause (Definition)

Period of time when your estrogen levels start to decline, your periods become irregular, symptoms such as hot flashes may begin, along with mood swings and other ...Read more