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What makes oral contraceptives only 97%-99% effective and not 100%?

What makes oral contraceptives only 97%-99% effective and not 100%?

Life is not perfect: Life is never perfect nor 100%. Things just happen, sometimes. Each woman's body has to respond to the artificial hormones in the pills, and maybe once in a rare while she still manages to ovulate. The percentages are about a population of women, NOT about one woman. Medical statistics have to be interpreted this way, because nobody knows what the percentage effectiveness is for a specific woman. ...Read more

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Dr. Milroy Samuel
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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


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Can oral contraceptives cause vaginal pain?

Can oral contraceptives cause vaginal pain?

May do: Contraceptive pills depending upon the type may cause vaginsl congestion which may cause pain ...Read more

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Does oral contraceptives affect liver function?

No, unless liver dis: If you already have active liver disease (such as hepatitis), you shouldn't take birth control pills. If your live is normal, the pill won't cause liver function to be abnormal. ...Read more

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What to do about oral contraceptives and weight gain?

What to do about oral contraceptives and weight gain?

Notify provider: If you note excessive weight gain since beginning a particular contraceptive pill - let your medical provider know so that it can be determined if this is the optimal medication for you. ...Read more

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Does terbinafine reduce efficacy of oral contraceptives?

Does terbinafine reduce efficacy of oral contraceptives?

Possibly progestogen: If you are using prostegon-only bcp, then use barrier contraception during terbinafine use plus 2 days after stopping terbunafine as a precaution. ...Read more

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How are oral contraceptives effected after being on antibiotics?

How are oral contraceptives effected after being on antibiotics?

Antibiotics: Antibiotics often diminish effectiveness of oral contraceptives. ...Read more

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What is the effect on oral contraceptives when taking levofloxacin?

What is the effect on oral contraceptives when taking levofloxacin?

May decrease effect: Any medication while taking the birh control pill may decrease the effectiveness in prevening pregnany so back up contraception is advised. ...Read more

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Is safe to have oral contraceptives by a women who is a hypothyroid?

Is safe to have oral contraceptives by a women who is a hypothyroid?

Yes, : But you should have already been on the correct dose of brand name T4 replacement to normalize your thyroid levels. If not, see your doctor to get it done. ...Read more

Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Headache (Definition)

The medical term is cephalalgia. It is a feeling of pain that can occur on either both sides or just one side of the head or neck. Headaches can be sharp, dull, or throbbing, and can radiate to different areas of the head. They typically last less than an hour but can ...Read more


Dr. David Kurss
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Oral Contraceptive (Definition)

Oral contraceptives are a kind of women's ...Read more