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Why is it bad to eat grapefruit on birth control??

Why is it bad to eat grapefruit on birth control??

Increases estrogen: Birth control regulates hormones, especially estrogens. If one eats grapefruit on birth control, it may increase estrogen levels in the blood. The increase in estrogen levels in the blood may cause higher blood pressure, depression, headache, bloating, weight gain, and possibly blood clots. ...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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Can grapefruit affect birth control nexplanon?

Can grapefruit affect birth control nexplanon?

No: Grapefruit does not affect any contraceptives in any way: They are good for you, enjoy! ...Read more

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Is it considered unhealthy to eat grapefruit while you are taking birth control?

Is it considered unhealthy to eat grapefruit while you are taking birth control?

No problem: No interactions. Grapefruit is generally a healthy food choice unless you're taking some very specific meds, like meds for high cholesterol. ...Read more

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Will grapefruit juice affect my Nexplanon birth control implant?

Will grapefruit juice affect my Nexplanon birth control implant?

Grapefruit juice: Yes, it can interact with nexplanon and put you at risk for pregnancy. It can also stimulte ovulation ...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?

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

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Is expired birth control safe?

Is expired birth control safe?

Define "safe": Taking it will likely not lead to any toxic reaction. It won't kill you. The expiration date is the end of its useful life, or the date beyond which the hormones contained in the pills weaken to the point they cannot work. If you try to use this for birth control, I would be sure to use backup at the same time. ...Read more

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Switching birth control - help?

Switching 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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Can birth control be too strong?

Can birth control be too strong?

Birth controll pills: It depends on what pills you use
discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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I have a birth control question?

I have a birth control question?

YES--ask away: Using birth control to prevent unintended pregnancy and to plan carefully for when you want a pregnancy is a healthy choice. Hormonal birth control is typically safer than pregnancy for most women. The most effective contraceptive methods are call larc--long-acting reversible contraceptives, and include iuds and an implant beneath the skin. Iuds are good for 5 or 10 years and the implant for 3. ...Read more

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How much is birth control patch?

$90: My database shows an average cost of approximately $90 per month. This is from www. Drugstore. Com, and with no contribution from your health plan insurance. Sometimes family planning clinics do offer sliding scales for birth control. ...Read more

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Help with birth control question?

Help with birth control question?

Using this site: This is not a chat room. None of your questions are ever linked nor can we access them. To get the most from this site you need to provide background on a problem and ask a related problem. You are welcome to start over. ...Read more

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What birth control should I take?

What birth control should I take?

The one you like: There are many birth control options available these days and a full discussion about choices should be made with your doctor. Everyone's situation is different, likes and dislikes, and interactions with other medications all play a role in deciding which method is best for an individual person. Pills, implants, rings, iud's, shots, patches are all reversible and available and highly effective. ...Read more

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How can the birth control works?

That depends.: Depends on type of birth control - some works through a barrier to semen and others work through hormones. (condom, spermicide, iud, diaphragm, birth control pills etc). ...Read more

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How well does birth control work?

Very effective: There are a number of different birth control options - the success rate ranges from about 75% to 98% depending on the particular method. Talk to your doctor about the method you are interested in. ...Read more

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Would my birth control still work?

Would my birth control still work?

Hard to say: To get the most from this site you provide background info and then ask a related question. Since you did not post what birth control you are asking about or why you are concerned it may fail, we really have nothing to go on. If this is meant as a follow up to another post, understand that they are never linked nor can we access them. You are welcome to start over. ...Read more

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What birth control safe at age 40?

Depends: This all depends on your medical conditions, lifestyle, and if you smoke. ...Read more

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Is there any teenage birth control?

Is there any teenage birth control?

Most effective: Sexually active teens should protect themselves by using condoms to lower std risks and a hormonal method to prevent pregnancy.Long-acting reversible contraception (larc)--iuds and implant beneath the skin--are the most effective, long lasting, and easy. Am college of ob-gyn says they should be "first tier" methods for teens. A gyno who sees teens can help. Pills are too easy to forget for many. ...Read more

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What place can I get birth control?

What place can I get birth control?

Many options: Any Obgyn or primary care doctor can prescribe birth control. A local family planning clinic in your area can also do it. Often the local public hospital will have free clinics available too. ...Read more

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What can be the best birth control?

What can be the best birth control?

Many options.: Their are many options for birth control that may be appropriate depending on your medical history and your reproductive plans. Options include barrier methods, hormonal methods like pills and rings, long acting reversible methods like the iud, Implanon and Depo-Provera provera (medroxyprogesterone). Each method has pros and cons. To decide which is best for you go see your doctor. ...Read more

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I want to know about birth control?

Talk to your doctor: Make an appointment or call your physician. You can do this confidentially. But this is not an appropriate venue for discussion. There simply is no way this can he adequately addressed in 400 characters. ...Read more

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I do not want to use birth control?

I do not want to use birth control?

No problem.: If you are trying to say that you do not want to take a birth control pill then you have many other options to prevent pregnancy. If you simply do not want to use birth control then that is also fine. Take a prenatal vitamin just in case. ...Read more

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Can birth control cause back pains?

Not typically: Back pain is not a typical side effect of birth control pills ...Read more

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What birth control is best for me.?

Birth control.: The best method is the one that's right for you. There is no best method. Do you smoke? If so, you cannot use the birth control pill or the nuvaring. Is a long acting method a possibility? If so, then Implanon or Mirena (levonorgestrel) might be good. Are you ready for something permament? If so, then essure is an excellent option. It all depends what's important to you. Talk to your obgyn. ...Read more

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When should I start birth control?

When should I start birth control?

Birth control: Anytime you are sexually active and do not wish to become pregnant... ...Read more

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Is going on birth control worth it?

Is going on birth control worth it?

Usually: In general, the risks of pregnancy are higher than the risks of birth control. But it depends on how you feel about getting pregnant, your baseline risk of getting pregnant and side effects from birth control. So it is really an individual issue. ...Read more

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Could birth control make you crazy?

Not likely: Most women tolerate birth control pills without any adverse events. In fact most women experience many benefits from pills beyond just contraception. However, everyone reacts differently to hormones and some women do experience mood changes. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Pack
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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