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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 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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What are typical side effects that come with birth control?

What are typical side effects that come with birth control?

Side effects: These can vary from patient to patient. Some feel nothing while others will have symptoms of breast tenderness and pregnancy symptoms. Usually these symptoms go away after continued use. ...Read more

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Do all birth control pills have depression as a side effect? Are there any that don't cause this?

Do all birth control pills have depression as a side effect? Are there any that don't cause this?

Depression ; OC's: Oral contraceptives (oc's) can all cause depression, but this effect is not automatic for all women. Emotional balance is a very complex thing, not regulated by hormones alone -- yet in some women can certainly be affected by them. You ; your ob-gyn physician may find that oc's differ in these effects for you. You may also have a depression which needs treatment regardless of oc's. ...Read more

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R there any side effects of using emergency contraceptive pills ..... How frequently can we take these pills?

Bleeding: The most common side effects of emergency contraception is irregular bleeding for 1-2 months after taking. Most widely used emergency contraceptive formulations are Progesterone only & there is no nausea. Plan b for example. Only older formulas using estrogen and Progesterone cause nausea. In some cases birth control pills can be used at high dose as emergency contraception and will cause nausea. ...Read more

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Doctors, what are the hormones used in bc pills and what side effects are they responsible for?

Doctors, what are the hormones used in bc pills and what side effects are they responsible for?

BC pills: By BC pills I presume you mean birth control pills. These pills are very effective in preventing pregnancy and don't have many side effects. These BC pills do not protect against sexually transmitted diseases. ...Read more

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How well do different kinds of birth control work?

How well do different kinds of birth control work?

Very well: Depends are which ones you are talking about. If taken correctly most forms work well. The highest failure rates come from the withdrawl method( terrible method in my opinion), condome( even though they should be used to prevent stds) foam, local methods. But if you combine the condom with foam or film the effectiveness goes way up. Pills, pagtch, ring should work well is used correctly. ...Read more

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What are the alternative meds of testosterone therapy? Are they equally effective and have any side effetcs?

What are the alternative meds of testosterone therapy? Are they equally effective and have any side effetcs?

Not likely: I know of none , if labs show deficiency of anything , you need that product , beware of false advertisements of plant based extracts , not fda approved ect. not sure what your getting ...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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Does anyone know what kind of birth control pills are the most effective?

Does anyone know what kind of birth control pills are the most effective?

Many pills are work : At your age you should be using the lowest dose effective pill which is loloestrin , only 10 mcg estrogen, less chance for blood clot , stroke , my #1 pill i prescribe esp to all of my pts who are over 40. ...Read more

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What are the different types of emergency contraception and how do they work?

What are the different types of emergency contraception and how do they work?

Pills and copper IUD: Combination emergency contraceptive pills prevent ovulation, thicken the cervical mucus decreasing sperm movement &may interfere with ovarian release of hormones (lh) needed for pregnancy. Levonorgestrel only pills (progesterone) delay ovulation and LH surge. Ulipristal (upa) inhibits or delays ovulation. None of these affect an existing pregancy after implantation &are not = to medical abortion. ...Read more

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What are my options for birth control? I started to take birth control pills, but they made me sick. What other forms of long-term contraceptions are available for women?

IUDs and implants: You should consider long-acting reversible contraceptives (larc)--2 types of iuds and a small rod placed under the skin. All very effective (the most effective methods--as effective as sterilization), and last 5 or 10 years (iuds) or 3 years (implant). Low rates of side effects, and the hormone iud has low levels of hormones and benefits of lighter periods. ...Read more

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Why are there so many different types of birth control pills?

Why are there so many different types of birth control pills?

Each one different: Every woman requires just a little bit more or a little bit less estrogen in order to control the amount of bleeding they have while they're on the pill. Furthermore the type of progestin used in the pill affects each woman's likelihood of side effects ever so slightly and so most women change the type of pill they're on several times before finding the right one. ...Read more

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Are there effects of stopping birth control? What are they?

Are there effects of stopping birth control? What are they?

You didn't indicate: Which type of birth control you are referring to. The major effect of stopping any form of birth control can be pregnancy if you are sexually active. ...Read more

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Why are there placebo pills with bc? What are they for? And how does bc work? Combination pills specifically.

Why are there placebo pills with bc? What are they for? And how does bc work? Combination pills specifically.

Mostly for timing: Placebo pills help patients remember to continue taking a pill every day, until they take the next pack. They are there to "permit" you to have a period when the hormones are removed from your system. Bc pills work mainly by stopping ovulation (releasing of the egg). ...Read more

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Do you know if there are different kinds of birth control?

Do you know if there are different kinds of birth control?

Yes, many kinds: There are many types of birth-control: Pills, injections, condoms, diaphragms, implants, IUDs, surgical methods, abstinence, vasectomy, etc. Your doctor can help you pick between them and find the best one for you! Best wishes! ...Read more

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How to tell if my symptoms are side effects of birth control?

How to tell if my symptoms are 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 way is to see if you feel better when you're on the placebo pills. If so, talk with your dr. There are many bc options. ...Read more

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What are some abnormal side effects of birth control?

What are some abnormal side effects of birth control?

Blood clots: most birth control is expected to have some very mild side effects such as acne or mild irritability but the more concerning very rare side effect is the possibility of increased coagulability which can lead to the development of a blood clot in the legs, called a dvt. ...Read more

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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