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Can birth control pills cause a miscarriage?

Can birth control pills cause a miscarriage?

Probably not: A large study of over 90000 women showed no increase of miscarriage if women were on the pill when pregnant and were unaware of the pregnancy. However, prolonged exposure to the bcp may increase the risk of future miscarriage according to one study. There is a prolife stance that bcp prevents implantation of an early pregnancy and may cause spontaneous abortion as well. ...Read more

Dr. Seth Derman
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Miscarriage (Definition)

A "lay" term for early pregnancy loss usually prior to the second trimester. Physician's use the term "spontaneous abortion" to describe these events, but the word "abortion" in lay use has come to connote only ...Read more


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Can taking birth control pills cause miscarriage if you didn't know about a pregnancy?

Can taking birth control pills cause miscarriage if you didn't know about a pregnancy?

Usually not: When people get pregnant on birth control pills and take them in pregnancy it frequently is not a problem but she needs to discontinue asap. ...Read more

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Could the pill cause a miscarriage?

Probably not: Birth control pills will unlikely cause miscarriage. U may want to ask u pcp about it. ...Read more

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I've had 3 miscarriages and only ever conciebef while on the pill. I'm 31 and haven't been able to have a baby yet. What could this mean?

I've had 3 miscarriages and only ever conciebef while on the pill. I'm 31 and haven't been able to have a baby yet. What could this mean?

Many things possible: There are many causes of recurrent miscarriages, such as genetic disorders (like a chromosomal abnormality), autoimmune causes (like anti-phospholipid syndrome), anatomic causes (such as a malformed uterus), and environmental causes (like smoking). Anyone who has had 3 miscarriages should have a full evaluation by an ob/gyn. Best of luck to you. ...Read more

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After 2nd missed miscarriage how long and how much should you expect to bleed? I've had 2 small spots come out only so far.. Waiting to take the pill

After 2nd missed miscarriage how long and how much should you expect to bleed? I've had 2 small spots come out only so far.. Waiting to take the pill

It varies: There is no set pattern on the amount or length of time of bleeding. It may depend on the age of the failed pregnancy and if there is any prolonged retained pregnancy tissue after the miscarriage occurs. Regardless, once miscarriage has started and it's certain that the pregnancy failed you can start the pill (oral contraception). ...Read more

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I had a miscarriage almost two months ago the pill cleared everything out and now instead of a period I get slimy brown discharge. And it won't stop?

I had a miscarriage almost two months ago the pill cleared everything out and now instead of a period I get slimy brown discharge. And it won't stop?

Common: This is common from medically induced miscarriage. Just do a medicated vinegar douche. If it still persists, you may use a birth control pill to kick your hormonal system to get back to normal. To be safe, do a pregnancy test. ...Read more

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I had my period two weeks ago and I am now bleeding heavily with some clots. I am on the pill and sexually active. Could I be having a miscarriage?

I had my period two weeks ago and I am now bleeding heavily with some clots. I am on the pill and sexually active. Could I be having a miscarriage?

Bleeding with period: It may be normal for you to have irregular spotting with your cycle if you just started using these birth control pills. You could also get pregnant. I'd check a pregnancy test to confirm what happened and track your next cycles to see if it continues and see your doctor if you are still concerned. ...Read more

Dr. Gerard Honore
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Pregnancy Loss (Definition)

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