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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. ...Read more

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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


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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Is there a form of birth control that I can use that I don't need a doctor to get besides condoms?

Is there a form of birth control that I can use that I don't need a doctor to get besides condoms?

Barrier methods: Contraceptive jellies, creams and foams can be purchased at a pharmacy. Used correctly (please follow the instructions) and used with a condom, these are very effective at preventing pregnancy and STDs. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

Dr. Eric Weisman
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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