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How Fast Does Birth Control Work
7 days: I typically tell my patients that after taking the birth control pill straight for 7days, they should be protected in terms of having unprotected sex. Of course, at 19, you should still be worried about STD's which typically means using a condom to help prevent exposure to syphilis, herpes, chlamydia, gonorrhea and HIV. Hope that helps ...Read more
Contraception is also known as Birth control. 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
NO, unreliable: To get pregnant, sperm needs to enter the vagina during or around the time of ovulation. At times, there is the rare chance that "pre ejaculate" or "pre-cum as a slang" has some sperm cells in it, so please do not rely on the Pull-out method for Birth Control! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If i take my birth control 30mins early one night will it effect anything? Or if i take it 30min late? Will it still work?
Birth Control timing: Yes, it will still work. You do not have to take it exactly the same time each day. You just don't really want to take it in the morning one day and the evening another. Better to try and take it every 24 hours but it is ok if you are off by an hour or so. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Usually take my birth control at 5 but the last two days I have accidentally taken them at about 6, because of work schedule. Am I protected ?
Yes: If a woman is protected when taking her pills at 5:00, she has the same protection when taking her pills at 6:00 (an hour later) on other days. If she is not protected, for OTHER reasons such as missing pills earlier in the pack, then she is still not protected. That means one hour does not make a difference. ...Read more
Yes: Make sure you take it as directed, but if you are only off by minutes each day that will not affect its ability to work correctly. ...Read more
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
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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