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Doctor insights on: How Does The Combination Birth Control Pills Differ From One Another

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Can you tell me what combination birth control pills are?

Can you tell me what combination birth control pills are?

Estrogen/progesteron: Combination pills contain one form of estrogen and one form of progesterone. There are also Progesterone only birth control pills that are used more frequently for breastfeeding mothers. Ask your doctor what pill is right for you! ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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 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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I accidentally took two birth control pills in one day. What do I do?

Continue the pack: Continue the pack taking each successive pill daily until the end of the pack. Yes, you will be one pill short, but it will be at the time a "period" will be due. ...Read more

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I want to start taking birth control pills. Which would be a good one to start on?

I want to start taking birth control pills. Which would be a good one to start on?

Any: Any of the currently available oral contraceptives are safe and effective. Many of the very low dose pills do have a greater risk of pregnancy and of breakthrough bleeding and spotting. A pill with the average dose of estrogen would be the best choice. ...Read more

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Where to buy unexpensive birth control pills? Which one is the one that works the best?

Cost of pills: Planned parenthood clinics provide birth control based on your ability to pay. Generic pills are available at a couple of stores--walmart and target for a special discount price. All pills work well, provided you take them without missing(failure rate <1% with perfect use, but if you miss pills--typical use, the failure rate can be more than 9%--9 women/100 using the pill for a year get pregnant. ...Read more

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How long should I give new birth control pills a chance to work before changing to a new one?

How long should I give new birth control pills a chance to work before changing to a new one?

3 months: I encourage a patient to give a pill at least a 3 month trial unless severe symptoms. ...Read more

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If I am switching birth control pills and I am just starting the new ones today... Will the new pills be in effect by tomorrow?

Yes: The pills are effective as long as your taking them. For the first few cycles you may experience abnormal bleeding or spotting but the contraceptive effect is there. ...Read more

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Do u have to take birth control pills the exact same time every day? For instance i started my first pill yesterday at 7:30 pm must i take the 2nd one today at exactly 7:30 pm also?

Do u have to take birth control pills the exact same time every day? For instance i started my first pill yesterday at 7:30 pm must i take the 2nd one today at exactly 7:30 pm also?

No: You should try to take the pill approximately the same time each day, morning or night. But being an hour or two off schedule is ok. Just don't take one in the morning, one at night, etc. ...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. James Dukelow
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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