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Defects Of Birth Control
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
None: The hormones in birth control pills, or Progesterone shots ("depo provera") are not thought to cause birth defects. Many women inadvertently take birth control after they have already conceived and their children do not seem to have any increased risk of birth defects. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A few things: The depoprovera shot is very effective and easy to use. You will need one shot every 3 months. Most patients will have no periods but some will have irregular periods. It is an appetite stimulant. The excess hunger can cause weight gain for some. Long term use can lead to some bone loss. ...Read more
Besides condoms, what other forms of birth control don't have the side effects of birth control pills?
Barrier methods?: Well, depends on which side effects you're asking about, all methods have their own side effect profile. Barrier methods like a diaphragm have no side effect, and iuds have no estrogenic side effects. ...Read more
It depends...: Women who suffer from depression and take anti-depressant medications usually do quite well on oral contraceptive pills. The pills themselves are not known to cause emotional symptoms. If emotional or psychological symptoms do begin after starting the pill, it may signal that there was an undiagnosed problem that already existed. If this does happen, please see your doctor for treatment. ...Read more
Yes can contribute: Certain women (about 1/3) have a pattern of seizures related to their menstrual cycle called catamenial epilepsy. Designated based on the time of the cycle, it is related to the dynamic changes of estrogen and progesterone. I would advise that you keep track of your cycle and the seizures to see if there is any association. Then present this info to your neurologist. Good luck and well wishes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hormonal Methods: Typically, the levels of sex hormones in a female rise and fall in a cyclic pattern. This is what causes a woman's cycle and controls ovulation. Common birth control methods such as the pill or patch that use hormonal regulation give a constant amount of hormones. This keeps the levels high and prevents the natural cyclic pattern therefore preventing ovulation. ...Read more
BCP's: There are potential serious risks with use of oral combined contraceptives. This includes; ^ risk for stroke, heart attack, blood clots, cervical cancer. Women who smoke, have diabetes, hypertension, renal diseases and vascular diseases are at higher risk. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
I'm taking the birth control Alesse 28. Will vitamin B12 reduce the effectiveness of my birth control?
Birth control: no you are fine to take that ...Read more
Many different: There are many different names of combination birth control pills-some brand names and some generics-with many different hormone combinations (atype of estrogen and a type of synthetic progesterone)and also different doses.All prevent pregnancy, but may have minor variations in metabolism, side effects, and how you as an individual tolerate themthere is little evidence that any 1 pill is better. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Clots vs. pill: One of the many risks of the oral contraceptive pill is thrombosis(clots) which can travel to distant places like the lungs and cause "issues". Smoking on the pill is a major no-no as it can make the blood vessels produce spasms and enhance the likelihood of clots.That is why we as md's use low dose estrogen combination pills and insist on no smoking to decrease that side effect. ...Read more