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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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What type of birth control should I use? I've tried a bunch of different birth control pills and i've experienced bad side effects. Lack of libido, acne, depression, and yeast infections. Is there a reliable non-hormonal type of birth control? I've had 2

What type of birth control should I use? I've tried a bunch of different birth control pills and i've experienced bad side effects. Lack of libido, acne, depression, and yeast infections. Is there a reliable non-hormonal type of birth control? I've had 2

Non chemical: There are multiple non-pharmacological options, ranging from extreme measures (abstinence, tubal ligation) to more "light" (and however unequally effective or reliable) like condoms or time-based calculations...Usually a combination of them will provide some degree of reliable anti conception. Consult your gyn dr. ...Read more

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What is the most effective birth control out there with the least side effects?

What is the most effective birth control out there with the least side effects?

Seriously..: Abstinence. Beyond that consult with your ob-gyn for the most current information. What is best for you is best discussed face to face. ...Read more

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What are side effects of birth control? Are they different for various types?

What are side effects of birth control? Are they different for various types?

Most have none: Most peoplehave no side effects, but the most common side effect in the first 1-3 months is irregular, unpredictable bleeding that gets better over time;other possible side effects include breast tenderness, nausea, mood changes, headaches.One serious potential risk, although rare, is an increased risk of blood clots in your legs or traveling to your lungs. The shot, implant, and iud are different. ...Read more

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Is the Depo-Provera proverb shot an effective birth control? What are the side effects?

Is the Depo-Provera proverb shot an effective birth control? What are the side effects?

Yes: Very effective birth control. Side effects can include some weight gain (less than 10 pounds after one year's use) and irregular periods or no periods at all. There effects are minor compared to the value of depo-provera. ...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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What is the difference between apri and yaz (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol)? Will I have different side effects from Yaz (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) to apri? Are generic birth controls different?

What is the difference between apri and yaz (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol)? Will I have different side effects from Yaz (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) to apri? Are generic birth controls different?

Not much: These two birth control pills both have estrogen and progesterone. They have slightly different types of Progesterone at slightly different doses. Most birth control pills have similar side effects and it is unlikely you will notice any difference. Apri is much less expensive so your wallet will thank you. ...Read more

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Side effects of nuvaring birth control include what kinds of things?

Side effects of nuvaring birth control include what kinds of things?

The usual: Some people do not have any side effects , but possible ones are, break through spotting or bleeding, new or increased vaginal discharge, headaches, blood clot, stroke are more uncommon ones, bloating , weight gain, sore breasts. While anyone can have a side effect, I have many patients on it and the majority do quite well. If you punch up the web site you can read about some others. ...Read more

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Common side effects of birth control?

Common side effects of birth control?

Most have none: Most women who take birth control pills have no side effects, but the most common side effect in the first 1-3 months is irregular, unpredictable bleeding that gets better over time. Other possible side effects include breast tenderness, nausea, mood changes, headaches. One serious potential risk, although rare, is an increased risk of blood clots in your legs or traveling to your lungs. ...Read more

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What are birth control bill side effects?

That should be: A discussion u have with the doc who prescibes the pill for u you can go to many web sites and read about possible side effects , many women have no side effects. ...Read more

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Side effects about going off birth control?

Side effects about going off birth control?

Pregnancy : Birth control pills are out of your system within 7 days. There are no side effects of stopping them. You will just go back to your own body's natural hormone production. Use condoms or start a different method if you are not trying to get pregnant. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of birth control?

What are the side effects of birth control?

Possible side effect: Include: breast swelling, nausea, headaches, moodiness, weight changes - but these are usually mild and often go away after time. Some positive side effects can be: less acne, less ovarian cysts, less menstrual pain, lighter, very predictable periods. The risks (which are pretty rare) are: blood clots in legs/lungs; increased risk of strokes/heart attacks in high risk patients. ...Read more

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What are some side effects of birth control?

What are some  side effects of birth control?

Several: The most serious risks are clots in the veins or stroke in patients with migraines with aura. Side effects can include break-through bleeding, headaches, breast tenderness, fluid retention, mood swings, change in libido, or weight gain. Fortunately, both risks and side effects are rare with modern birth control pills and many side effects can be avoided by changing to a different pill. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of taking birth control?

What are the side effects of taking birth control?

Most have none: Most women who take birth control pills have no side effects, but the most common side effect in the first 1-3 months is irregular, unpredictable bleeding that gets better over time. Other possible side effects include breast tenderness, nausea, mood changes, headaches. One serious potential risk, although rare, is an increased risk of blood clots in your legs or traveling to your lungs. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of the birth control shot?

What are the side effects of the birth control shot?

Birth control: Mild mood changes depending on the type of hormone combination used & doses. ...Read more

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