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Doctor insights on: Can I Take My Birth Control The Day Before A Colonoscopy

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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 colonoscopy interfere with birth control pill effectiveness? Especially the prep laxative that cleans your colon

Does colonoscopy interfere with birth control pill effectiveness? Especially the prep laxative that cleans your colon

Likely to interfere: I am not sure any studies have been done to actually confirm the effect of bowel prep on BCP, but anything that significantly alters the diet or digestion, including antibiotics, have been known to interfere with absorption of the pill. Other variables include the timing of the cycle, etc. I recommend back up protection for the remainder of the month. ...Read more

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A 50 year-old woman has unexplained weight loss and abdominal pain with no apparent cause.....?

A 50 year-old woman has unexplained weight loss and abdominal pain with no apparent cause.....?

Weight loss: I understand your concern.
Follow through with physicians and specialists for possible Diagnosis of Hyperthyroidism, Diabetes, Peptic ulcer, Chronic Pancreatitis, Crohn’s disease, Malabsorption, Hepatitis or Cancer.
See Psychiatrist for depression with painful feelings due to stresses of relationship, marriage, separation, parenting, lack of support from family and unresolved conflicts. ...Read more

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My son was told after a colonoscopy, that his small intestines were on one side of his body and his colon on the other. His birth weight was only 4lbs and 5 oz. Born only two weeks early he was considered full term. Can this cause problems later?

My son was told after a colonoscopy, that his small intestines were on one side of his body and his colon on the other. His birth weight was only 4lbs and 5 oz. Born only two weeks early he was considered full term. Can this cause problems later?

Hard to know: The colon is part of your intestine so I'm not sure what your son was really told. I suspect that he was told he has a malrotation (though this is difficult to tell from colonoscopy). This is a dangerous condition and needs to be surgically corrected asap- to be able to say more i'd need to know the medical terms that were used. ...Read more

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Is it safe or a good idea to get a colonoscopy before pregnancy or after giving birth? I'm 34/f with family history of colon cancer.

Is it safe or a good idea to get a colonoscopy before pregnancy or after giving birth? I'm 34/f with family history of colon cancer.

1st colonscopy @ 35: With a family history of colon ca, screening begins at @ 35. Hopefully you won't have polyps (like me). As long as you're not pregnant it should be safe. But remembering "those days", i'd do it before not after. The risk is really being too busy and forgetting or not having the time to have the procedure. ...Read more

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If I take my birth control (Reclipsen) and hour and a half later than usual one day, and 30 minutes late the next day, is it still just as effective?

If I take my birth control (Reclipsen) and hour and a half later than usual one day, and 30 minutes late the next day, is it still just as effective?

Yes: The time variation you mentioned should not affect the effectiveness of the pill.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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Sometimes I take my birth control a hour or two late or I forget and take it the next day along with my pill for that day. Am I still protected?

Sometimes I take my birth control a hour or two late or I forget and take it the next day along with my pill for that day. Am I still protected?

Yes: Yes but I would avoid missing the day. Taking it at different hours does not have any effect. I would create a time to take it everyday to be safe. Like in the morning when brushing your teeth. ...Read more

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So I take my birth control at 7pm every night and on Sunday day light savings start to we went back and hour. When should I take my birth control?

So I take my birth control at 7pm every night and on Sunday day light savings start to we went back and hour. When should I take my birth control?

You can still take: It at 7 pm even though the clocks just changed. The reason is that you have an established pattern of taking meds then. It can help to stay in a habit in order to remember. Take care. ...Read more

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Can I take my birth control pill the day before surgery?

Can I take my birth control pill the day before surgery?

Usually: If its an invasive surgery with a higher risk of blood clots (dvt's) then you'd be better off not taking it for a few weeks as bcp's increase the risks of blood clots. ...Read more

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I take my birth control pill every day at noon. I missed it yesterday. Today I took the missed pill and today’s pill as well. Am I still protected?

I take my birth control pill every day at noon. I missed it yesterday. Today I took the missed pill and today’s pill as well. Am I still protected?

Missed bcp: A one day lapse in taking the active pill, is not going to affect the protection afforded by the oral contraceptives. You may start spotting, since withdrawal from estrogen might cause brief bleeding, but continue your pills as normal unless any bleeding continues. If so, just stop, and start a new pack on day five after stopping. ...Read more

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If I take my birth control pill (gildess fe) everyday but not at the same hour each day how effective is the pill? Am I protected?

If I take my birth control pill (gildess fe) everyday but not at the same hour each day how effective is the pill? Am I protected?

Yes, but....: Yes, you are still protected, but your level of protection is likely less than what it would be if you took it at the same time each day. I recommend making it a habit to take it at the same time everyday, such as right when you wake up or go to bed (if close to the same time each day), or at noon, etc. This will also help you to not forget to take it, which can definitely reduce protection. ...Read more

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I took a couple penicillin the other day but I had sex yesterday and the condom broke. I take my birth control precisely every morning?

I took a couple penicillin the other day but I had sex yesterday and the condom broke. I take my birth control precisely every morning?

Probably fine: Some antibiotics interfere with birth control effectiveness, but not usually if you only took a couple of pills. You could take a morning after pill to be super safe, but your chances of pregnancy are very low. ...Read more

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If I take my birth control pill at the same time each day, and my bf pulls out, am I safe from getting pregnant? Are there exceptionz/risk factors?

If I take my birth control pill at the same time each day, and my bf pulls out, am I safe from getting pregnant? Are there exceptionz/risk factors?

Antibiotic: Or other medication use can affect the effectiveness of birth control pills. Be sure to check drug interactions with the doctor or pharmacist when you take new medications (even over the counter) to be sure. ...Read more

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If I take my birth control pill at the same time each day and my boyfriend pulls out during sex, how protected am I from pregnancy?

If I take my birth control pill at the same time each day and my boyfriend pulls out during sex, how protected am I from pregnancy?

Very well protected: By taking the birth control pill regularly, the protection is over 99%. It is not suggested that you need additional protection. The pill is much more effective than 'pulling out' that also may diminish the pleasure of sex.
However, sexually transmitted infection is very prevalent, especially among the young. You may seriously consider using condom in additional to the pill for disease prevention. ...Read more

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I take my birth control pills every single day at pretty much the same time. I am pretty good about putting a condom on before sex. Am I pregnant?

I take my birth control pills every single day at pretty much the same time. I am pretty good about putting a condom on before sex. Am I pregnant?

Pregnancy unlikely: Using one RELIABLE birth control method correctly all the time, works very well. Using 2 birth control methods works even better than very well. However, life can be surprising sometimes. Thus, if a woman is not getting her birth control pill withdrawal bleeding during the inactive pills, or if she is just worrying about pregnancy too much, she can do a home urine pregnancy test once in a while. ...Read more

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I take my birth control pill everyday and I had sex the other day without a condom, how likely am I to be pregnant?

I take my birth control pill everyday and I had sex the other day without a condom, how likely am I to be pregnant?

Pregnant?: If using the pill appropriately it is 99.9% effective so there is about 0.1% chance of pregnancy I hope this helps ...Read more

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I take my birth control at the same time every day. I'm on doxycycline. I should've gotten my period days ago, but nothing. Chances of pregnancy?

I take my birth control at the same time every day. I'm on doxycycline. I should've gotten my period days ago, but nothing. Chances of pregnancy?

Take a test: No need to worry about the chances - Just take a test. Home pregnancy test are cheap, reliable and available at any pharmacy. It is common to miss period when taking birth control. ...Read more

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Is it bad if I don't take my birth control every day at the same time?

Yes: If you are irregular in taking bcp you run the risk of irregular bleeding and even pregnancy. Bcp should be taken within 1 hour of the same time each day. You may change the time at the beginning of a new pack. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Keith
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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


Dr. Charles Cattano
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Colonoscopy (Definition)

Colonoscopy is the procedure of using a long flexible camera to visualize the entire colon from the inside with the option to take pictures, video, perform biopsies, remove polyps, etc. Generally people are sedated and do ...Read more