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Do I have to go to a doctor to get on birth control?

Do I have to go to a doctor to get on birth control?

Yes: You cannot get hormonal contraception in the United States without a prescription from a healthcare provider such as a physician, nurse practitioner, midwife, or physician's assistant.

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
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How do I get on birth control. I do not go to doctors and have not seen one in over ten years. I am planning on being sexually active?

How do I get on birth control. I do not go to doctors and have not seen one in over ten years. I am planning on being sexually active?

Dr, Clinic, or NP: You will need to see a health practioner before being prescribed birth control. Planned Parenthood is a good resource. You can also see a primary care practioner such as family practice physician, OB/GYN or a nurse practioner. There is a lot of steps that go into safely prescribing medication so it is in your best interest to have a full medical history taken along with examination

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I went to the emergency room they said I have a cyst on my ovaries, the doctors said get on birth control why I do I need to get on the pills i'm fat?

I went to the emergency room they said I have a cyst on my ovaries, the doctors said get on birth control why I do I need to get on the pills i'm fat?

Hopefully: They referred you to the gyn on call for the er they should ahve expalined why to you, but if you ahve a simple fluid filled cyst , the bcpills can often shrink the cyst , so u need to see a gyn asap so he can treat you and you have to make sure the cyst goes away and doesn't get larger or rupture, and many of the newer pills you shoudln't gain weight, I use low dose ones in my pts lessor nowtgain.

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When I go to the doctor 4 birth control do I have to admit I've had sex?I'm really shy talking about it.I need 2 get on birth control just to be safe.

When I go to the doctor 4 birth control do I have to admit I've had sex?I'm really shy talking about it.I need 2 get on birth control just to be safe.

Honesty: It is in YOUR best interest to be completely honest and forthcoming with your physician, so that he/she can do what's best for your health. Since you are sexually active, you should be screened for STD's at least yearly and with each change in sexual partner. This is in YOUR best interest. Your interaction with your physician is COMPLETELY confidential. No one else will know what you discuss.

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I may have PCOS and from research I learned that doctors put some women on birth control! However I'm married& I DONT want to get on birth control ?

I may have PCOS and from research I learned that doctors put some women on birth control! However I'm married& I DONT want to get on birth control ?

One option: Birth control is one option that can be used for women with PCOS who are not having menstrual cycles. There are others. Many times the treatment plan depends on the goals. If the patient is actively trying to get pregnant then birth control pills are not a good option at that time in her life. If not trying then they are a good option for many.

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Where can I get birth control that works extremely fine without having to go see my doctor?

Where can I get birth control that works extremely fine without having to go see my doctor?

Depends: In many locations you can obtain contraceptive services from free clinics as an adult or without parental consent if a preteen. Planned parenthood provides this service in many areas. Your local health department may be able to provide you with that information.

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Why am i hurting? So i went to my doctor about stopping my birth control because everyone i had tried i always have problems. So i wanted my body to get back to normal. Well it's been about two weeks now and i'm now starting to have these weird on and off

Why am i hurting? So i went to my doctor about stopping my birth control because everyone i had tried i always have problems. So i wanted my body to get back to normal. Well it's been about two weeks now and i'm now starting to have these weird on and off

Pelvic : Pelvic pain can be a sign of an ovarian cyst, pelvic inflammatory disease, an std, or even a urinary tract infection. You could also be experiencing post ovulatory pain. If you stopped the pill two weeks ago then you may have ovulated which could have caused a cyst like i stated earlier, or a release of fluid that is the cause of your pain. If your symptoms are still present visit your doctor for an evaluation. Best of luck.

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Is it possible to get the birth control pill without going to the doctor?

Is it possible to get the birth control pill without going to the doctor?

Check your area: Family planning clinics are located in many areas under a variety of names. Planned Parenthood is one. Many work within the community and provide counseling and birth control services using contracted staff physicians and nurse practitioners.

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I'm 17 n my mom won't let me take birth control in fact she dosnt know yet, how can I get birth control without going to my doctor.... ?

I'm 17 n my mom won't let me take birth control in fact she dosnt know yet, how can I get birth control without going to my doctor.... ?

Look around: In the US, most states have laws that permit teens to access services related to BC/STD's without parental notification. They are often part of community based clinics.Barrier BC, or condoms are available here in most dollar stores or similar settings.

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Birth control question. Please help. I get pills from back in india. Can I see doctor in us for refill ?

Birth control question. Please help. I get pills from back in india. Can I see doctor in us for refill ?

Yes: Most physicians will not automatically refill a prescription without having the opportunity to establish a patient/physician relationship first. Make an appointment. The prescription you receive may be similar to but different than the pill you are getting from india.

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If i have been told by doctors that i still ovulate on birth control that is supposed to stop ovulation, is it possible for me to still get pregnant o?

If i have been told by doctors that i still ovulate on birth control that is supposed to stop ovulation, is it possible for me to still get pregnant o?

Depends: It depends on the specific birth control you are using. You did not share this with us. But, even birth control that allows you to ovulate is designed not to allow you to be pregnant or carry a pregnancy.

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I've been bleeding for a month now that i stoped my birth control. I was on the birth control shot and i didn't get my last dose now I've been bleeding for a month strait. Should i see a doctor?

I've been bleeding for a month now that i stoped my birth control. I was on the birth control shot and i didn't get my last dose now I've been bleeding for a month strait. Should i see a doctor?

Depo : Depo Provera (medroxyprogesterone) works by affecting your hormone levels which prevents ovulation and thus prevents pregnancy. Once you stop getting the Depo-Provera shot regularly, it can take up to 3-4 months for your hormone levels and cycle to once again become regular. Though some women will start to ovulate regularly immediately after stopping depo, many women will not. Because of this, irregular bleeding after stopping Depo-Provera is a fairly common problem. You should give your doctor a call if this doesn't resolve after 3 months or if you think your bleeding is heavy or excessive. There are medications your doctor can give you to stop your bleeding. Good luck!

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Going to doctor for missed periods/will I get birth control?

Going to doctor for missed periods/will I get birth control?

Maybe: Your doctor will review your history, perform a physical exam and typically check labs. Sometimes birth control pills are used to regulate cycles as needed.

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Can i get birth control from my family doctor?

Can i get birth control from my family doctor?

Birth Control: Contraception (birth control) is certainly something that family physicians are trained in. They are not required to deal with this, and sometimes a doctor will not due to religious beliefs. That would be rare I would expect.

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How long does it take for the "pill" to actually start working? I have a doctor appointment coming up to get birth control and i just wanted an idea of how long it would take for it to start working

How long does it take for the "pill" to actually start working? I have a doctor appointment coming up to get birth control and i just wanted an idea of how long it would take for it to start working

Most : Most birth control manufacturers recommend using a back-up method such as a condom for the first week you are on the pill. After that, as long as you take it around the same time every day without missing one, it's 99% effective in preventing pregnancy. Just remember, the birth control helps to protect against pregnancy, but does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases.

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If I do not get a pap test can my doctor discontinue to perscribe me birth control medication?

Yes and no: Prescription meds should be continued only in the setting of an ongoing physician-patient relationship. An annual evaluation is what i would consider a minimum to maintain a working relationship with a patient. A pap should not be required to continue birth control- it is only a test and is no longer recommended annually. An annual exam should be done with or without a pap.

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Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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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