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How do birth control pills work to prevent pregnancy?

How do birth control pills work to prevent pregnancy?

BCP: Works in three ways, 1- by inhibiting ovulation, 2-by creating a very thin lining(endometrium), making it difficult for a fertilized egg to implant in the uterus, 3-creates a hostile cervical mucus that doesn't allow the sperms to undergo capacitation and swim freely upstream. Also decreases to motility of the tubes making it difficult for sperm and egg to get together. ...Read more

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Dr. Neigatha Graney
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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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How does birth control pills (Microgestin 1/20 FE) work and how do they prevent pregnancy?

How does birth control pills (Microgestin 1/20 FE) work and how do they prevent pregnancy?

Block ovulation: Simply, birth control pills block both the formation of a dominant cyst as well as the hormonal surges that allow that to release an egg, thus blocking ovulation. ...Read more

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Can all birth control pills prevent pregnancy?

Yes: All birth control pills prevent pregnancy. They are an effective form of birth control as long as you take the pills each day. They can also help your periods to be lighter and less painful, and can decrease acne. ...Read more

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Other than prevent pregnancy, what are some reasons why it'd be good to get birth control pills?

Other than prevent pregnancy, what are some reasons why it'd be good to get birth control pills?

Many: Great question! many benefits to bcp's have evolved over the last 40 or so years that they have been around, allow me to list a few: 1. Regulate menses 2. Help to prevent ovarian cysts 3. Decrease heavy menstrual blood flow 4. Decrease cramping 5. Treatment for pcos (polycycstic ovary) 6. 5 years or more of use has been shown to decrease your risk of ovarian cancer in 1/2 there's more... ...Read more

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Does birth control pills serve any purpose other than preventing pregnancy?

Does birth control pills serve any purpose other than preventing pregnancy?

Birth control: Yes they are very useful for helping painful or irregular periods and also can help mood control. ...Read more

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I just switched to nuvaring from oral combination birth control pills. How long will it take for the nuvaring to prevent pregnancy?

No waiting: If you switched straight from the pills to the ring without missing any active pills or being late starting the ring, there should be no waiting period. ...Read more

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How effective are low dose birth control pills at preventing pregnancy

How effective are low dose birth control pills at preventing pregnancy

93% effective.: At your age, even with proper use the oral contraceptives (irrespective of low-dose or not) as ~93% effective in preventing undesired pregnancy. Talk to your gynecologist for other contraceptive options, such as the iud that is much more effective in pregnancy prevention and can last up to 10 years without having to remember taking a pill daily. ...Read more

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Are low dose birth control pills any less effective than higher doses at preventing pregnancy?

Dose and birth contr: The most important thing will all birth control (also known as oral contraceptives) is that you consistently take them. Missing doses and taking medication with other medicine and foods (herbs) can affect the effectiveness of the birth control pills. Please know pregnancies can occur even if everything is taken perfectly. Birth control is about 98% effective so there is a chance of pregnancy. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...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