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Took Levo as EC. Few days later I bled and that day I star birth control shot. After 3 weeks I bled again. Preg test neg. Is birth control working?

Took Levo as EC. Few days later I bled and that day I star birth control shot. After 3 weeks I bled again. Preg test neg. Is birth control working?

Yes: Irregular bleeding is a side effect of emergency contraception and the birth control injection. It may take a while for your bleeding to slow down. But the good news is that as of one week after your injection, you should be covered. So if you have been on the injection for three weeks, and your home pregnancy test is negative, then you should be good to go. The shot is more than 99% effective. ...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


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What is the best way to use birth control pills as EC/Plan B? Not currently on the pill, but have a few extras from a month or so ago.

What is the best way to use birth control pills as EC/Plan B? Not currently on the pill, but have a few extras from a month or so ago.

Depends of pill: Strength: Usually 2 tablets of Nordette AM/PM. Similarly lo- ovral (ethinyl estradiol and norgestrel) or ovral (ethinyl estradiol and norgestrel) 2 tab AM/PM) Plan B, $ tablets of most tricyclic pills within 24-36 hrs of intercourse: of course- try condoms, spermicidal foam, jelly, sponges, or diaphragm- see- you can get pregnant or ill without protection. Get squared away of BC pills- you will need the ...Read more

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Am on birth control pills, for 2nd month, I still have 7 pills in pack and I had unprotected sex yesterday I can't risk being pregnant, do I take an EC?

Am on birth control pills, for 2nd month, I still have 7 pills in pack and I had unprotected sex yesterday I can't risk being pregnant, do I take an EC?

You can: But if you're taking all your pills on time, your chance of pregnancy is very low (around 3%). It sounds like you're in a part of your cycle wherein you're very unlikely to ovulate, therefore pregnancy rate may be even lower than 3%. If you decide to use emergency contraception, I recommend discarding this pack and starting a new pack within a few days. ...Read more

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Am on birth control pills, taking marvelon this is the 2nd month. I had period may 23, started pill may 31.Had yesterday unprotected sex, do I need EC?

Am on birth control pills, taking marvelon this is the 2nd month. I had period may 23, started pill may 31.Had yesterday unprotected sex, do I need EC?

Unlikely but possibl: In a short cycle, it is possible to ovulate early. (8 th or 9th day) If more than 2 days have elapsed Do a pregnancy test in 2 weeks and take pills properly after. ...Read more

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If I start birth control 2 days before my period will it delay my period? Also will taking 5 B.C. Pills as a E.c. Delay it too??

If I start birth control 2 days before my period will it delay my period? Also will taking 5 B.C. Pills as a E.c. Delay it too??

Probably will, but..: After these pills, one's artificially elevated hormone levels will drop and then vagina bleeding will begin. Disturbing the natural cycle of hormones with emergency contraception hormones can mess up the timing and quality of the "period" bleeding for the current cycle and even the next cycle. One should stay on the birth control pills, taking one a day, to regain regular cycling from the pills. ...Read more

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Take birth control, missed several pills, pre-cum from fingers entered vagina, took EC within 18 hours, could I be pregnant?

Take birth control, missed several pills, pre-cum from fingers entered vagina, took EC within 18 hours, could I be pregnant?

Probably not: You took the EC quickly so that this should prevent pregnancy. It is unlikely that you would become pregnant from this but if you miss a period please take a pregnancy test. Try to find a method to help you remember to take your birth control pills regularly. ...Read more

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I took diane 35 as ec pill for the first time in my life taking birth control pills had unprocted sex same time am I pregnant? My period due in 6 day

I took diane 35 as ec pill for the first time in my life taking birth control pills had unprocted sex same time am I pregnant? My period due in 6 day

Maybe not: A woman who is taking her birth control pills properly, is very unlikely to be pregnant. If not regularly on birth control pills, the emergency contraception dose of the pills does work most of the time but not all of the time (if unlucky, or if taking the pills too far out after sex, one can still get pregnant). Thus, always do a home pregnancy test 3 weeks after sex, if EC pills were needed. ...Read more

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Took Ella (ulipristal acetate) ec n also gave me ortho tri cyclen to take the next day never have taken birth control pills I feel nausea sore breast cramps is it normal?

Took Ella (ulipristal acetate) ec n also gave me ortho tri cyclen to take the next day never have taken birth control pills I feel nausea sore breast cramps is it normal?

Ella (ulipristal acetate): The most common side effects of Ella (ulipristal acetate) are headache, nausea, and abdominal or stomach pain, dizziness, tired feeling, or menstrual pain. Further the birth control pills can cause the same symptoms. I expect your experiencing normal symptoms. Hope this helps. DrG ...Read more

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Birth control, help!?

Birth control, help!?

Many options: There are many options available for effective contraception. The best method for you depends on your age, medical history, your contraceptive goals (long term or short term), previous forms of contraception and why you discontinued them, etc. Speak to your local gyn, they will be glad to discuss your options with you. ...Read more

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How safe is birth control?

How safe is birth control?

Safer than Pregnancy: Since the birth control method is not specifed in the queston. In general, if a patient does not have contraindications to a specific method of birth control, all methods are considered safer than pregnancy, which has a higher risk of complications and mortality (death) rate). ...Read more

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How good is birth control?

How good is birth control?

>95%: With "perfect" use (that is : not missing pills, and taking pills at the approximately same time everyday) more than 95% effective at preventing pregnancy. ...Read more

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How much is birth control?

How much is birth control?

Depends: This depends on where you live and what kind of birth control you want. The cheapest method I know of is to use a brand of pills called sprintec. It is $12 for 3 packs at any walmart or kroger. ...Read more

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How to chose birth control?

How to chose birth control?

Get informed: You can read about various forms of birth control and select the form most appealing to you. You can discuss the available options with your doctor. ...Read more

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Is birth control dangerous?

It all depends: Different birth control methods have different safety profiles. It depends on a individual woman's medical circumstances. ...Read more

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How can birth control work?

Varies: That depends on the type of birth control used: condom, spermicide, iud, diaphragm, contraceptive medications. Some may provide a barrier and some may work hormonally. ...Read more

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How good is my birth control?

Discuss with doctor: Effectiveness of birth control varies depending on the method type and use by the patient. Permanent sterilization, implants, iuds are among the most effective (99% with perfect use) while pills, patches, and injections are not as effective but still reliably prevent pregnancy (94-98%). A woman's knowledge of proper timing and administration should be from extensive counseling by her doctor. ...Read more

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Affects of birth control shot?

Affects of birth control shot?

A few things: The depoprovera shot is very effective and easy to use. You will need one shot every 3 months. Most patients will have no periods but some will have irregular periods. It is an appetite stimulant. The excess hunger can cause weight gain for some. Long term use can lead to some bone loss. ...Read more

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Where can I get birth control?

Where can I get birth control?

Store or Office: You can get condoms at any pharmacy store. Most towns have a planned parenthood office which offers all types of birth control as well as well-women exams or see your family physician. You can also call any ob/gyn office to schedule an appointment at your convenience. Most physicians offer birth control so make a call soon. ...Read more

Dr. Stephen Scholand
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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