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Doctor insights on: Do Birth Control Pills Prevent Future Ovarian Cysts From Occurring

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Do birth control pills prevent future ovarian cysts from occurring?

Do birth control pills prevent future ovarian cysts from occurring?

Maybe: Studies have shown that because birth control pills decrease the chance of ovulation, they may also reduce the formation of new functional ovarian cysts. They will not make a cyst you have now go away any faster then without medication. ...Read more

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Dr. Erik Borncamp
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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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Is taking birth control pills the only way to prevent functional ovarian cysts from forming?

Is taking birth control pills the only way to prevent functional ovarian cysts from forming?

No: Quarterly Depoprovera (DMPA) shots, monthly Nuvaring, and Weekly OrthoEvra Patches also prevent ovulation and may reduce cyst formation. Nexplanon also inhibit ovulation, but there is no strong evidence regarding functional cyst formation/prevention. ...Read more

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What to do about polycystic ovarian syndrome(pcos) and preventing cancer: progesterone only or combination birth control pills?

What to do about polycystic ovarian syndrome(pcos) and preventing cancer: progesterone only or combination birth control pills?

Either is: okay to lower your risk of endometrial cancer. It is important to not go more that 3-4 months without having a period. Using a progesterone only or combo OCP is a good choice. Once in menopause, you don't need either. ...Read more

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Can all birth control pills prevent pregnancy?

Yes: All birth control pills prevent pregnancy. They are an effective form of birth control as long as you take the pills each day. They can also help your periods to be lighter and less painful, and can decrease acne. ...Read more

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Do any other birth control methods (other than the pills) prevent acne?

Do any other birth control methods (other than the pills) prevent acne?

Most with estrogen: Most combination birth control methods (combined birth control pills, the patch, and the ring) help acne for most women. Progestin-only methods (the shot, the implant, and sometimes the hormone iud)can make acne worse. ...Read more

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Will quiting birth control cause cysts?

Will quiting birth control cause cysts?

No, but: Taking birth control pills is pretty good at suppressing (or preventing) formation of large ovarian cysts. When you stop taking pills your body begins to produce eggs and ovulate again, and so cysts will form (but its what your ovaries are supposed to be doing, just not supposed to be making very large ones). ...Read more

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Ways to prevent pregnancy besides condoms while on birth control?

Ways to prevent pregnancy besides condoms while on birth control?

Confused: Your birth control method should prevent pregnancy. What are you using? If you want extra protection you could use a spermicide gel/cream or a diaphragm...But they will not add that much extra to an otherwise effective contraceptive method. ...Read more

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Do birth control pills increase the chance of seizures in epileptic women?

Do birth control pills increase the chance of seizures in epileptic women?

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 more

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Does taking birth control pill affect fertility/ chances of getting pregnant in the future?

Does taking birth control pill affect fertility/ chances of getting pregnant in the future?

Not necessarily: The pill mimics the bodies own hormones and fools the ovaries into thinking you are already pregnant.This stops egg release and preserves them for later use.Some women will have trouble conceiving regardless and first find out after being on the pill for a while, but the would have had problems anyway.It is a convenient excuse but doesn't follow the science. ...Read more

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Any birth control pills that don't cause melasma or acne?

Any birth control pills that don't cause melasma or acne?

No: All of the available birth control pills, to my knowledge, have varying degrees of estrogen or estrogen-like components and as such can contribute to the development of melasma (in conjunction with sun-exposure). ...Read more

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Are there any birth control pills that won't cause forms of reproductive cancers?

Are there any birth control pills that won't cause forms of reproductive cancers?

Yes: Birth control pills prevent ovarian and endometrial cancers. Cervical cancer is increased due to most pill users do not use condoms and are more at risk for hpv infection which can cause cervical cancer. There is a small increase in breast cancer with more than 10 years use, but these patients tend to have a much less aggressive form o breast cancer. ...Read more

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How do birth control pills affect your risk of breast cancer?

How do birth control pills affect your risk of breast cancer?

Depends: You are thought to have a slight increased risk if you use the pill for over 10 years, although, some studies show that people who use birth control pills and develop breast cancer have a less aggressive form. ...Read more

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How can the birth control pill prevent pregnancy?

How can  the birth control pill prevent pregnancy?

Stop ovulation: The hormones in birth control pills stop your ovaries from releasing an egg, from ovulating, so you don't get pregnant. Missing several pills can allow an egg to ovulate, which is why it is so important to not miss pills. ...Read more

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Can birth control get rid of cysts?

Sort of: If you have the normal follicular / physiologic ovarian cysts that occur for every woman during every cycle, then yes the pill will usually suppress the ovaries and the cysts will usually lessen with time. ...Read more

Cyst (Definition)

A cyst is a structure or mass that consists of a cellular lined sac. It is typically filled with fluid but may be filled with solid material. It can be congenital, traumatic, or acquired. They may develop nearly anywhere in the body and usually require complete excision for eradication or they are likely to recur. Fluid filled sacs that are not cellular lined ...Read more


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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