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Can you tell me what combination birth control pills are?

Can you tell me what combination birth control pills are?

Estrogen/progesteron: Combination pills contain one form of estrogen and one form of progesterone. There are also Progesterone only birth control pills that are used more frequently for breastfeeding mothers. Ask your doctor what pill is right for you! ...Read more

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Dr. Ravi Chand
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Birth Control Pills (Definition)

Also known as oral contraceptives, birth control pills are highly effective oral medications that use hormones to prevent pregnancy. There are two main types of birth control pills: one with estrogen and progestin (also known as the combination pill) and one with just progestin. The two main ways they prevent pregnancy are: 1) The hormones thicken the cervical mucous, which keeps sperm from entering the uterus on their way to the egg; and 2) By maintaining a level of hormone in the blood stream that prevents the ...Read more


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Can birth control pills cause depression to become worse?

Can birth control pills cause depression to become worse?

Yes: Most BCP's are well- tolerated. However, sometimes depression symptoms can worsen while on birth control pills. Talk to your doctor about what you are experiencing. It may be necessary to make a change. ...Read more

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Can you please explain why some birth control pills cause depression?

Can you please explain why some birth control pills cause depression?

Usually Progestrone: Birth control pills differ in their dosages and types of Estrogens and progesterone. More women have depression from progesterone. However some get it from some of the different types of estrogens. A good rule of thumb is to try the lowest dose pill with the least Progesterone first. ...Read more

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If birth control pills were adding to my depression, how long after going off of them would i notice a difference?

Right away: The hormones in birth control pills are gone from you system in a day, and then your body will start to have a natural cycle--which involves hormonal changes, which can also affect your moods. Lots of things also affect moods, but if you are persistently feeling depressed, you should see your doctor. ...Read more

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How well do birth control pills improve mood disorders like depression?

How well do birth control pills improve mood disorders like depression?

Sometimes: Sometimes they improve mood, and sometimes they make it worse. Progesterone seems more likely to worsen mood. ...Read more

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My birth control pills are causing depression and spotting. Is this normal?

Depression on BCP's: Depression and spotting are related to the progestin (synthetic progesterone) component of bcp's or the ratio of Estrogens to progestins. Unfortunatley for some women this a consequence of taking bcp's. ...Read more

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Which is the preferred birth control-pills or IUD for a person prone to depression?

No progesterone: Everyone is different, but in general it would be best to stay away from progesterone-only medications such as depo-provera (the shot every three months) or the Mirena (levonorgestrel) iud. The copper iud is just fine. ...Read more

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Do all birth control pills have depression as a side effect? Are there any that don't cause this?

Do all birth control pills have depression as a side effect? Are there any that don't cause this?

Depression ; OC's: Oral contraceptives (oc's) can all cause depression, but this effect is not automatic for all women. Emotional balance is a very complex thing, not regulated by hormones alone -- yet in some women can certainly be affected by them. You ; your ob-gyn physician may find that oc's differ in these effects for you. You may also have a depression which needs treatment regardless of oc's. ...Read more

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I'm type1 diabetic, on novolog and Prozac (fluoxetine) for depression. Will this affect how my birth control pills work ?

It Shouldn't: But your doctors should each know all of the medications and supplements, etc. That you take. This provides everyone with an opportunity to notice possible interactions and find alternatives. There should not be a problem, but do mention it. Best! ...Read more

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I am 28f. i have pcod. doctor prescribed birth control pills to avoid enlargement of ovary but they are causing depression. so what would be solution?

I am 28f. i have pcod. doctor prescribed birth control pills to avoid enlargement of ovary but they are causing depression. so what would be solution?

Antidepressants: unfortunately, the only known treatment to suppress the ovaries is hormonal. You have to decide which benefits outweigh the risks. Perhaps you can take the pill intermittently. Perhaps you can try a mood stabilizer if you want to treat the PCOS. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...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