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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

Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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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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Do birth control pills expire?

Do birth control pills expire?

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

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How long does it take for birth control pills to expire?

How long does it take for birth control pills to expire?

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

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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

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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?

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

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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: 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

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Birth control pills use?

Birth control pills use?

Safe/effective: Not sure of your question but birth control pills are safe, effective, easy to take - 1 per day, well tolerated, and have other benefits like shorter/ lighter/ less crampy periods. ...Read more

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Switching birth control pills?

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

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Can birth control pills go bad?

Yes: Check the expiration date - if they are expired, then use condoms until you get a new prescription. ...Read more

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How do birth control pills work?

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

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Can I chew birth control pills.?

Can I chew birth control pills.?

No: It is best not to chew a pill that is not designed to be consumed that way. There is a pill available, generess, that is chewable. ...Read more

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How can I take birth control pills?

How can I take birth control pills?

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

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How do you use birth control pills?

How do you use birth control pills?

Every day orally: Oral contraceptives are taken every day about the same time each day without any other medications. They are one of the more effective means of contraception when taken appropriately. ...Read more

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Are all birth control pills the same?

Are all birth control pills the same?

No: Different pills have different doses of estrogen/progesterone. Your doctor may choose the type that best suits you and may also help with additional symptoms that you may be experiencinge. G. Acne excessive hair growth etc. ...Read more

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Who can not take birth control pills?

Who can not take birth control pills?

BCP: Contraindicated for + above 40 and smoking, history of deep vein thrombosis, some brain tumors, some kinds of seizures, severe hi blood pressures... ...Read more

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How effective is birth control pills?

How effective is birth control pills?

BCP: Birth control pills if they are used as prescribed are 99% effective with perfect use and 92% effective with typical use. ...Read more

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What are the best birth control pills?

What are the best birth control pills?

No 1 best pill.: Discuss with your provider to determine which would best meet your needs. Take care. ...Read more

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How effective are birth control pills?

How effective are birth control pills?

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

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Will birth control pills work for men?

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

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What if a man took birth control pills?

Not recommended: There is no reason for a man to take oral contraceptives. ...Read more

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Where can I go gor birth control pills?

Where can I go gor birth control pills?

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

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What do birth control pills taste like?

U should taste them: One pill generess is chewable the rest you swallow and shouldn't be tasting them. ...Read more

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How exactly do birth control pills work?

Hormones.: They trick your brain/pituitary to think that your ovaries are working, so that it stops stimulating them and they no longer produce eggs each month. ...Read more

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How quickly can I get birth control pills?

How quickly can I get birth control pills?

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

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How do you take secure birth control pills?

How do you take secure birth control pills?

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

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


Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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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