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Do Birth Control Pills Expire
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
Yes: All medications expire- ocps, like other meds, do not immediately become inactive on the expiry date, but effectiveness and safety diminish over time, and for such an important med it's an unacceptable risk to take expired pills. ...Read more
Expiry date printed: It depends on the date of manufacturing and each pack has an expiry date printed on it, so look at the date printed on the pack. ...Read more
Ocp expirations: Hotrmones are very stable but pills can degrade. Use in date meds, please. ...Read more
Yes as long as: They don't expire midway through. That would not be appropriate. If so get a new rx. ...Read more
Hi, I've been taking these birth control pills and I just realized that it says the expire this month. I started taking them 1 week into this month. Are they still effective? I heard that it means they only expire at the end of the expiring month. Is it t
Expiring OCP's: Probably fine, but using a condom as a back-up wouldn't hurt, while giving you peace of mind. ...Read more
For 2 months, I have been taking 18 month expired birth control pills. Was I fully protected from pregnancy while Taking them?
Possibly not: Although some medication maybe used after the expiration date, oral contraceptives may not be as effective. Get a new prescription. In the interim use an additional back up such as condom. ...Read more
Took birth control pills that expired 18 months ago based onlabel. I've been taking these pills for 2 month. Was I still protected from pregnancy?
Yes: The pills still work fine. If you are concerned asked your doctor to refill and you can pick up non expired pills. ...Read more
My physician changed my birth control pills to Lo Loestrin Fe and provided samples. I noticed the samples expired June 2016. Should I take them?
Contact MD: You need to contact the MD who gave you the pills. So that his/her advice is provided. In general, most recently expired medications are still very effective if they have been kept in a cool dry place for storage. However, at age 47, an unintended pregnancy would be problematic for most women, so again, check with your MD first. ...Read more
I take expire birth control pills that is way old have sex think it was ok, but see my period could I still get pregnant the pills I toke I got them in june 2010, but that was my last taking them cause I wasn't sexual active on till now 2012 when I went
Most medications have an expiration date and it is always safest to check it before you use the medication. The other thing to keep in mind about birth control pills is that when you are restarting them after being off of them for a while, you need to use a back-up method of birth control for the first 7 days you are on them. The pills may not protect you from pregnancy in those first 7 days.
As far as finding out if you are pregnant, you can either take a home pregnancy test as long as it has been 5- 6 weeks since your last normal period, or you can go see your doctor and they can test you. A home pregnancy test is 97% accurate if taken a week or more after the missed period. A blood test can tell if you are pregnant as soon as 7 days after conception and a doctor's urine pregnancy test can tell if you are pregnant around when you next period should come.
If you are not pregnant, talk to your doctor about restarting the pill or finding another form of birth control that works for you. Good luck! ...Read more
Birth control pills: There are many types and doses of birth control pills. If one is not working well for you after three months, few side effects, talk to your doctor about changing to a different formulation or type of administration. There are also patches and rings which have the same medication but bypass the stomach and less problems with nausea. ...Read more
How the pill works: Most birth control pills are "combination pills" containing a combination of the hormones estrogen and Progesterone to prevent ovulation. The pill also works by thickening the mucus around the cervix, which makes it difficult for sperm to enter the uterus an fertilize any eggs that are there. Some of the hormones found in the pill sometimes make it difficult for an egg to attach to the wall. ...Read more
Every day: The way to take birth control pills is to take one pill a day every day, at about the same time. Most packs of pills have the days of the week written on the pack - so you know if you took that days pill or not. I sometimes have woman start the pack on the 5th day of the period or on the sunday following the first day of the period. When you finish a pack the next day start the next one. ...Read more
95-99%: Depending on the pill type, most oral contraceptives are effective in the high 90's percentages. However, it also depends on compliance by the user - miss doses and efficacy quickly drops. While 99% sounds pretty good, that still means about 1 pregnancy in 100 women per year, and if you are that 1 pregnancy, you may not be very happy. The only 100% effective form of birth control is abstinence. ...Read more
Not as well: Studies are ongoing to develop a pill to supress sperm production in men. Preventing one ovulation a month appears to be much easier than preventing the formation of hundreds of millions of sperm cells over the same period. I don't think men are going to be quite as motivated to take the pill every day as women are. ...Read more
U need to see a heal: Health care provider either a board certified gyn or a clinic like planned parethood, u need an exam and pap and make sure you are a candidate for the pills and have no contraindiciations, and I always give my patients free samples to start out with if I have the kind that they need and then they will write u a script for u to get the pills at the pharmacy or mail order pharm. ...Read more
Nowdays you can get: At this point in time, birth control pills are available over the counter. There are some issues you may need to consider before getting them since those pills may have some serious complications. The most serious complication being blood clot particularly in the brain ...Read more
Daily administration: Take daily and don't miss any. If you don't want to be pregnant consider a long acting, reversible method of birth control like an implant or IUD so that you don't have to remember to take a birth control pill. Easy to place and fewer side effects as well because they provide a sustained release of hormones at a low dose, so they're also very safe. ...Read more
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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