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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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Should I still drink emergency contraception if I had sexual intercourse 30 days after my last period? Will I still get pregnant?

There isn't enough: Info to give a precise response (for instance, don't have any idea how long your menstrual cycle is). But, if one isn't ready for pregnancy then protection should be used for all vaginal sex. ...Read more

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I had a mirena iud implanted on Monday Oct 23rd on the 8th day of my cycle. My barrier method of contraception (condom) broke during sexual intercourse Tuesday Oct 24th and I am very concerned. Will I need to take emergency contraception? Or will the m

I had a mirena iud implanted on Monday Oct 23rd on the 8th day of my cycle. My barrier method of contraception (condom) broke during sexual intercourse Tuesday Oct 24th and I am very concerned. Will I need to take emergency contraception? Or will the m

No: An IUD works as emergency contraception, if a woman gets an IUD after having sex. If she already had an IUD before sex, then that is very good contraception, so no back-up method is needed to prevent pregnancy. If she keeps worrying about pregnancy, she can do a home urine pregnancy test. Tests are inexpensive, very accurate, and sold in stores everywhere. Adding condoms helps prevent infections. ...Read more

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I don't use Plan B as my primary method of birth control, but I used it from 10-20 times since I started being sexually active (5 years). Is that ok??

I don't use Plan B as my primary method of birth control, but I used it from 10-20 times since I started being sexually active (5 years). Is that ok??

Absolutely.: Hello Johnny, To use this back-up method of contraception is indeed ok and responsible. Congratulations! You are an experienced Plan B user so you are familiar with the ways Plan B can alter your next menstrual period after taking it. Just remember that any hormone that you take can alter your periods. ...Read more

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, I'm sexually active with my boyfriend I do not use any form of contraception, I have this brown discharge and pain, what is the discharge?

, I'm sexually active with my boyfriend I do not use any form of contraception, I have this brown discharge and pain, what is the discharge?

See details: Brown discharge and pain are most commonly associated with infection and/or abnormal uterine bleeding. I would need a lot more information to narrow down the possibilities. If this is a relatively new partner, sexually transmitted infections can be common. You need to be seen by a gynecologist. An exam with appropriate testing is required. ...Read more

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Very pale pink spotted 3times in 1 cycle, 1st time its ever happened, im 24, on no contraception and sexually active, no pain, what could it be, thanks?

Very pale pink spotted 3times in 1 cycle, 1st time its ever happened, im 24, on no contraception and sexually active, no pain, what could it be, thanks?

Intermenstrual spots: Abnormal spotting like you describe is suggestive of something more than a minor hormonal issue. Most likely causes are polyps, fibroids, endometriosis and infection. See a gynecologist promptly. ...Read more

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I'm not sexual active. Could I take contraception with oratane to treat acne? Is there any concern?

I'm not sexual active. Could I take contraception with oratane to treat acne? Is there any concern?

Acne: You will wish to discuss the risks and benefits of hormonal manipulation with your primary care physician and your dermatologist as it relates to your own acne and health. There is a hierarchy of treatment for acne and I would not recommend oral contraceptive without trying other less harmful treatments first. ...Read more

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If hepc is sexually transmitted, do barrier methods of contraception (condoms, diaphragm) help?

If hepc is sexually transmitted, do barrier methods of contraception (condoms, diaphragm) help?

Barrier ok: We do not know why hepatitis c is not always transmitted sexually but some are - using condoms should minimize the risk, other methods are not effective. ...Read more

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Not sexually active or on contraception. 4 days after my period I have spotting lasted 3 days. This is the first time, my periods are very regular?

Not sexually active or on contraception. 4 days after my period I have spotting lasted 3 days. This is the first time, my periods are very regular?

Menstrual period: Menstrual periods can skip a month, be late, or be longer than usual occasionally and this all be normal or a response to illness or infection. Sometimes bleeding can tail off over a few days at the end. ...Read more

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Always had normal periods and when stop contraception. Depo injection stopped January had bleed February and none 3 months. Not had sexual relations?

Always had normal periods and when stop contraception. Depo injection stopped January had bleed February and none 3 months. Not had sexual relations?

It is not unusual..: For a woman's body to go through an adjustment period when stopping any hormonal birth control. During that time, a woman may have irregular or no menstrual cycles. It may take a few more months before you begin having regular periods again. The best way to re-establish normal menstrual cycles is to take birth control pills for 3 months. Regular cycles will usually continue after stopping the ...Read more

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I had protected sex and took emergency contraception just to be safe. Is there any way possible that I could be pregnant?

I had protected sex and took emergency contraception just to be safe. Is there any way possible that I could be pregnant?

Doubtful: I assume you used a condom properly and it did't break. This alone provides pretty good protection though not 100%. The emergency contraception might have been overkill. ...Read more

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I missed a progesterone pill and had sex outside the time the pill protects you for if you forget to take it, do I need emergency contraception?

I missed a progesterone pill and had sex outside the time the pill protects you for if you forget to take it, do I need emergency contraception?

Yes!: There are a number of good tests available that you can use to check if you are indeed pregnant. Like all tests they are not perfect but try them. Be more careful in the future so you don't have to go through this. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Emergency Contraception (Definition)

Emergency contraception is the method a woman can use to avoid getting pregnant, after she has received sperm in her vagina. She takes the hormone pills, which are usually larger doses of hormones used in oral birth control pills, within a short time (days) after her sexual activity, ...Read more


Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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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