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Using Oral Contraceptives (Definition)

Contraceptives are devices, drugs, or methods for preventing pregnancy, either by preventing the fertilization of the female egg by the male sperm or by preventing implantation of the fertilized egg. Choosing the appropriate contraceptive is a personal decision. Contraceptive options include: * Hormonal contraceptives (such as oral contraceptives, skin patch, vaginal ring, implant, and injection) * Intrauterine devices (IUDs), which contain either a hormone or copper * Barrier devices with or without spermicides (such as diaphragm, cervical cap, sponge, and condom) * Fertility awareness methods (such as temperature, cervical mucus, and calendar) * Female sterilization (tubal ligation, Essure) The condom is the only birth control method that provides protection against ...Read more


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I had a DVT which caused massive pulmonary embolus two years ago. What non-hormonal birth control methods are avalable? Iud was tried and unsuccesful.

I had a DVT which caused massive pulmonary embolus two years ago. What non-hormonal birth control methods are avalable? Iud was tried and unsuccesful.

Several: For someone such as you describe considerations could include abstinence tubal ligation hysterectomy for the one partner: vasectomy condoms etc see a gynecologist for a full set of options it sounds lie your DVT and pe were truly life threatening. ...Read more

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I had a pulmonary embolism on january they think was cause the birth control after 3 months the stop the blood thinners. Can it happen again to me ?

I had a pulmonary embolism on january they think was cause the birth control after 3 months the stop the blood thinners. Can it happen again  to me ?

Maybe: While your pe may have been induced by oral contraceptives, there are many other hematologic abnormalities that can increase your risk. After stopping your blood thinners, your doctors can order a battery of tests to see if you have any of the known abnormalities that would otherwise increase your risk.For more info www.Askyourgynecologist.Org. ...Read more

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Can i get back on hormonal birth control while treating a pulmonary embolism?

Can i get back on hormonal birth control while treating a pulmonary embolism?

Absolutely not: You absolutely cannot take hormonal contraception that contains estrogen when being treated for a pulmonary embolism. In fact you should never go back on any estrogen for the rest of your life. Estrogen is a risk factor for pulmonary embolism and deep venous thrombosis. Consider an iud or another method. ...Read more

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My wife has pulmonary embolism from birth control she's 40 years old it's been 3 weeks and she still can't catch her breath how long should it take to start exercising .?

My wife has pulmonary  embolism from birth control she's 40 years old it's been 3 weeks and she still can't catch her breath how long should it take to start exercising .?

Depends: It depends on how much of your circulation was blocked by the pulmonary emboli and varies too with your cardiac and lung function before the event. It can take a month or two for a pe to resolve with anticoagulation and not all resolve completely. If shortness of breath persists longer than this then a doctor eval is required. ...Read more

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How and why does clotting in the uterus and cause a pulmonary embolus?

How and why does clotting in the uterus and cause a pulmonary embolus?

Pulmonary embolus: A pulmonary embolus is when a blood clot from another part of the body travels through the veins and reaches the lungs. All the veins in the body empty into the right side of the heart and the right side of the heart pumps blood to the lungs. The blood vessels in the lungs get very small so any object of significant size will get stuck in the lungs. The lungs act as a filter for venous blood. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Bernard Seif
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Embolus (Definition)

Usually a blood clot that migrates from one area of the body to another. Most commonly a clot from a leg vein to the lung . It can also pertain to a clot, or atheromatous material that moves from one segment to another, such as cholesterol material in a carotid lesion moving into the ...Read more