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How does the combination birth control pills differ from one another?

How does the combination birth control pills differ from one another?

Very little: Even though the pill makers would like you to think differently, they really aren't that different. Think of pills as cars....The nuts and bolts of how they all work is the same. Some people prefer one car to another. Some people make like on pill over another but this is trail and error. In my practice i generally prescribe the ones that are less expensive. ...Read more

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Dr. Sewa Legha
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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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Thinking about getting on the birth control pill what's the difference between combination pills and progestin only pills? Which is best for the body?

Thinking about getting on the birth control pill what's the difference between combination pills and progestin only pills? Which is best for the body?

Effectiveness...: Progesterone-only pills are not as effective at pregnancy prevention as pills containing both estrogen and progesterone. For this reason, they are usually reserved for women who are breast-feeding and in other special circumstances. You will most likely want a combination pill unless you are breast-feeding. See your doctor! best wishes! ...Read more

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How do you distinguish between too much estogen in a birth control pill causing your side effects or the type of pill (ex. Monophasic, triphasic, bi. ?

How do you distinguish between too much estogen in a birth
control pill causing your side effects or the type of pill (ex.
Monophasic, triphasic, bi. ?

Nausea: There are some estrogen effects such as headache and nausea, as well as bleeding the end of the cycle that can be indicative of too much estrogen. Remember though that estrogen was placed in the pill to prevent thiinig of the uterine lining that causes bleeding. It can take 3 months to regulate the bleeding on an ocp so be patient if just starting. The bleeding profiles ocp's not much different. ...Read more

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How does the injection form of birth control work?

How does the injection form of birth control work?

Inhibits ovulation: Most hormonal forms of contraception work by tricking your body into thinking it's pregnant, thereby inhibiting ovulation. Some also thicken cervical mucus thereby making it more difficult for sperm to get by. Check out http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/depo-provera/my00995 for more info. ...Read more

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What's the difference between combined birth pills and progestin-only pills in terms of effect?

Dr. PAUL EUN Dr. EUN
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What's the difference between combined birth pills and progestin-only pills in terms of effect?

Combined pill better: Combined birth control pills are slightly more effective than the progestin only pills. And progestin only pills are less forgiving and it is even more important to take them every day at the same time. ...Read more

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I was wondering does the brand name matter for the effectiveness of birth control?

I was wondering does the brand name matter for the effectiveness of birth control?

Define effectiveness: It's a matter of how you define effectiveness. If you limit that definition to whether a medication does the job the Food and Drug Administratin (FDA) approved it for, then Brand name does not matter. If you include other features of the medication like how well your stomach tolerates them, then Brand name could make a difference. ...Read more

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Normally, how long would the birth control pill take to be effective in the 3rd cycle?

It is effective: Once a woman finishes her first pack of birth control pills she is protected and no longer needs to use a backup method of birth control. By the second and third pack the birth control pill is fully effective and no backup is needed. ...Read more

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I switched birth control pills from diane 35 to tri cyclen, will it effect my weight or breast size and how effective is each?

OCP symptoms: Dian 35 has a higher dose of Estradiol than tricyclen so you may notice some reduction in your breast size if they grew while on dian, the weight change may be minimal. Still, as you get adjusted to the dose, you may recognize that the differences are minimal. ...Read more

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Does anyone know what kind of birth control pills are the best? How is the mircette (ethinyl estradiol and desogestrel) pill?

Does anyone know what kind of birth control pills are the best?  How is the mircette (ethinyl estradiol and desogestrel) pill?

The one you like: The best birth control pill is the one that you like and the one you will take every day. Dont worry too much about the different brands. Find one that is covered well on your insurance with a low copay and see how you do. ...Read more

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How much the BMI of 25-27 of my gf can affect the effectiveness of Belara? Should we use more than withdrawal as a backup method for birth control?

How much the BMI of 25-27 of my gf can affect the effectiveness of Belara? Should we use more than withdrawal as a backup method for birth control?

Withdrawal ineffecti: You should know that withdrawal is NOT a backup method at all. Your girlfriend could still get pregnant. Condoms can slip off, have a hole or slip partially off. By themselves don't provide the best of methods of birth control but they do offer protection from STDs. Your girlfriend could use foam or cream spermatocide with you using a condom. This would be more effective. ...Read more

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What is meant by the androgenic activity level of the progestin in birth control pills? What effects, positive or negative, can it have on patients?

What is meant by the androgenic activity level of the progestin in birth control pills? What effects, positive or negative, can it have on patients?

Most (if not all): progestins have some androgenic ("male-hormone like") effects, even though they are not androgens. Some have more, some less. Usual mild effects of androgens on women are either acne or hair growth (face, chest, back, etc...) ...Read more

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I took tricyclen low birth control pill on different times of the day for two days.Does that mean the pill is not going to be effective?

It's ok: Full BCP's like Tri-cyclen (as opposed to progesterone only "mini-pill") are more forgiving. So, as long as you did take a pill every day you are ok. If, on the other hand, you forget to take the pill for 2 days in a row then it's recommended to use a back-up method for the rest of the cycle (while resuming to take one pill a day). ...Read more

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How long does the birth control pill take to be effective? 3rd cycle?

How long does the birth control pill take to be effective? 3rd cycle?

Probably immediately: The pill is probably effective immediately...But i would recommend you use barrier contraception (condoms) until you finish the first three weeks of your starting pack just to be safe. ...Read more

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I have heard the progestin in birth control pills can affect libido. Which matters more, the specific kind of progestin or the dosage amount?

I have heard the progestin in birth control pills can affect libido. Which matters more, the specific kind of progestin or the dosage amount?

Either one: either one can affect libido. Since it affects people differently, the only way to know if it affects you or not is to take it and see. ...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


Dr. Marvin Ott
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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