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Can taking estrogen pills and birth control cause any health problems?

Can taking estrogen pills and birth control cause any health problems?

Yes: Yes, definitely. However, the side effects are relatively uncommon and the benefits can be very great. The greatest risk of the pill is deep vein clots which can be very serious. The prevention of pregnancy (which itself has many risks) can be considered to balance this risk, and the pill also has long-term benefits in decreasing the risk of a number of female cancers. ...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


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When would someone choose a high-estrogen birth control pill from a women's health clinic?

When would someone choose a high-estrogen birth control pill from a women's health clinic?

Maybe: You can request it if they have choices, but most health clinics are limited in their choices. ...Read more

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Does the estrogen in birth control pills cause weight gain?

Does the estrogen in birth control pills cause weight gain?

Hormones: Oral contraceptives are usually made up of an estrogen and progestrogen. Both are steroids. Both have the potential of causing weight gain. The weight gain can be reduced by lowering the dosage and following a diet and exercise program. ...Read more

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Which estrogen components in birth control pills can cause more weight gain?

Which estrogen components in birth control pills can cause more weight gain?

Birth control: Most birth control pills contain the same type of estrogen component which is ethinyl estradiol. There no evidence that I know of that a different form of estrogen will lower the chance of weight gain. ...Read more

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If the baby blues are caused by dropping levels of estrogen and progesterone, then would birth control pills help?

If the baby blues are caused by dropping levels of estrogen and progesterone, then would birth control pills help?

Usually not: We don't have a good exp[aination for why, but hormone products usually don't help. I would discuss your symptoms with your family doctor fir the best intervention. ...Read more

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14, on low estrogen pill birth control, have my period when I shouldn't. Bad history of period problems in family. Is this normal?

Not normal on BCP: It is not normal to have irregular periods when you are on birth control pills. You should see your gynecologist and discuss with him/her and may need to change your pill if you have been taking as recommended. ...Read more

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Does birth control pill Clarissa have estrogen if so does it put my at risk of any heart problems?

Does birth control pill Clarissa have estrogen if so does it put my at risk of any heart problems?

Huh?: Dr. Google cannot find any birth control pill named "Clarissa". Nor can Epocrates, an extensive professional pharmaceutical database. Are you sure you're spelling it correctly? In general, all birth control pills have estrogen and all have a small increased risk of clots including heart disease. The risk is higher in women who smoke or/and who have high blood pressure, or are older (not you). ...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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Do estrogen-free birth control pills cause or just exacerbate acne and body hair growth?

Do estrogen-free birth control pills cause or just exacerbate acne and body hair growth?

PROGESTERONE ONLY OC: Yes it may happen because the body could metabolize the progestin in the birth control pills into an androgen, a male like hormone, which in turn can show the symptoms u mention. ...Read more

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Can the estrogen in birth control pills have caused my hyperthyroid to return to normal? I read estrogen blocks the production of thyroid hormone

Can the estrogen in birth control pills have caused my hyperthyroid to return to normal? I read estrogen blocks the production of thyroid hormone

Estrogen and thyroid: Unfortunately the two items can interact/interfere with each other and you need to get to your primary care doctor as soon as possible!
It is likely that your doctor will refer you immediately to an Endocrinologist.
Please let me know how things go. ...Read more

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What's the benefit of taking low estrogen birth control pills?

What's the benefit of taking low estrogen birth control pills?

Less side effect: Some drs. Believe that despite "low estrogen" dosis is suppose to reduce the risk of side effects but also augments the number of ovulations. All birth control pills, patches, rings, injections produce the changes of a pregnancy in a woman but the majority of the time without a baby & still c a minimal chance of conceiving but aborting when the fetus can not get attached to the uterine lining. ...Read more

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Are there any benefits to taking low estrogen birth control pills as suppose to regular ones?

Side effects: The higher the estrogen the higher the riskd of blood clots, migranes, varicose veins, and breast pains. ...Read more

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What are types of birth control that increase estrogen levels and may cause weight loss?

What are types of birth control that increase estrogen levels and may cause weight loss?

Water weight: There are birth control pills which contain drospirenone as the Progesterone (brand names are Yaz (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) & yazmin). Drospirenone acts a bit like a diuretic and might cause temporary loss of water weight due to fluid retention. These pills have a greater risk of blood clotting than some others, so weigh the risk/benefit ratio carefully when choosing a birth control pill. ...Read more

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Is there estrogen or progestin in birth control pills?

Is there estrogen or progestin in birth control pills?

Both: The majority of birth control pills have both estrogen and Progesterone in them. There are a few that contain just progesterone. Progesterone only birth control pills are less commonly used except in special circumstances, such as while breast-feeding, or in women who can't take estrogen. ...Read more

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Could birth control/synthetic estrogen cause more breast growth in women?

Could birth control/synthetic estrogen cause more breast growth in women?

Sort of: Many women notice some increase in breast size while on ocp - it's not permanent though, and returns to normal when the pills are stopped. ...Read more

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Can I take otc estrogen pills to stop breakthrough bleeding while on birth control?

Can I take otc estrogen pills to stop breakthrough bleeding while on birth control?

NOT recommended!: No, you may try another cycle on this Pills, but if you break through again switch to a different BCP or choose
another BC method! ...Read more

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Do estrogen-containing birth control pills enlarge breasts?

Possibly: Depends on how much estrogen, the higher the estrogen the more chance it can enlarge the breats but it can also cause other non desirable effects, you should not be taking bc pills to enlatrge the breast, and at your age the lower the estrogen dose the safer, the lowest combo pill is loloestrin, only 10 mcg estrogen- safer for women in their 40s less chance blood clot, ht attack, stroke. ...Read more

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Does the amount of estrogen in birth control pills have an effect on libido?

Does the amount of estrogen in birth control pills have an effect on libido?

Yes: Medications in general can have an affect on libido. particularly ones related to hormone levels. ...Read more

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If I get nauseas and headaches on my birth control pills dos that mean I need more or less estrogen?

If I get nauseas and headaches on my birth control pills dos that mean I need more or less estrogen?

Difficult pharmacogn: Sometimes the dose-response relationship for hormones is not linear but complex - such as a horseshoe-shape, where side effects are associated with low and high doses, but not optimum doses. So no generalization for you is helpful, unfortunately. Dose titration experi-ments with your doctor's help should be able to clarify this. ...Read more

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Are girls who are on birth control pills more attractive due to increasing levels of estrogen?

Are girls who are on birth control pills more attractive due to increasing levels of estrogen?

All girls are pretty: As a general rule, all girls are attractive, talented, wonderful, etc..., especially if if one is trying to instill self-confidence and good self-image in young girls as they grow up. However, some birth control pills (ocp's) do get rid of acne. Some ocp's can add a few pounds, making a very slim woman look more nutritionally sound. Women on ocp's don't fear pregnancy, so may behave differently. ...Read more

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Will an estrogen blood test be inaccurate if done whilst on birth control pill?

Will an estrogen blood test be inaccurate if done whilst on birth control pill?

Estrogen: The estrogen measured in your blood is different than the estrogen you are taking in the pill. The pill alters in some ways how your natural estrogen is produced in your ovaries. You will get a more true measurement of your natural estrogen if you go off of the pill and measure after you have had a couple of normal cycles. At your age, why are you measuring estrogen? Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it normal for my breasts to grow after quitting low-estrogen birth control pills?

Is it normal for my breasts to grow after quitting low-estrogen birth control pills?

At your age: Some further breast growth is still possible until puberty is finally completed. Also, breast size can increase with weight gain. There are also other, less common, causes. If you have questions, check w/your doctor. ...Read more

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I am currently taking Microgestin 21 1.5-30 as a birth control pill. Will the 30 mcg content of estrogen increase a risk of breast cancer?

I am currently taking Microgestin 21 1.5-30 as a birth control pill. Will the 30 mcg content of estrogen increase a risk of breast cancer?

Risks: Of breast cancer include age, family history, history of tobacco abuse and unopposed estrogen therapy, the last of which is only a negligible increase in risk. So, an increase in risk is unlikely ...Read more

Dr. Steven Griggs
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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


Estrogen (Definition)

Estrogen is a hormone that is secreted by the ovaries and affects ovulation, ...Read more