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How long does it take for birth control pills (portia) to start working? & also how long does it take to help prevent future ovarian cyst?

How long does it take for birth control pills (portia) to start working? & also how long does it take to help prevent future ovarian cyst?

Short time: Contraceptive pills are most likely effective within 1-2 weeks of beginning. However, it is safest to use a backup method during the first cycle, unless you're starting the pills immediately during a normal menses. Not all ovarian cysts are suppressed no matter how long you are taking the pill. There should be some suppression of cysts beginning with the second cycle. It may not work for you. ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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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 long do birth control pills last in your system before you take another pill on a new day?

How long do birth control pills last in your system before you take another pill on a new day?

Pharmacology of BC: Tri-Sprintec contains norgestimate and ethinyl estradiol. These compounds have their own half-lives of elimination. After you take this pill, the peak concentrations are seen around 2 hours, however, there are also active metabolites that last in your system that have half lives varying from 17-36 hours. Small amounts then persist for 4-5 times the half life. http://tinyurl. Com/hhtfs9z ...Read more

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Which birth control pills take longer than seven days to become effective, and why?

Which birth control pills take longer than seven days to become effective, and why?

Depends: If you start any oral birth control on the first three days of your period - then you are protected from the beginning. If you wait until the fourth day or later in the cycle to start the pill then, to be safe, you should consider that it takes two weeks of being on the pill to be protected. ...Read more

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How long does it take for birth control pills to expire?

How long does it take for birth control pills to expire?

Expiry date printed: It depends on the date of manufacturing and each pack has an expiry date printed on it, so look at the date printed on the pack. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take birth control pills to work?

How long is it supposed to it take birth control pills to work?

Two weeks: Standard practice is to advise 'back-up' contraception (condoms) during the first month on the pill. The truth is, a couple of weeks is really enough to be sure you will not get pregnant. ...Read more

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How long does it take birth control pills to go bad in the tropics?

Store properly: All medications should be stored in their original containers and in an environment that is not extreme. When properly stored the medication should be good until the stated expiration date. If the ocps are in a blister pack they should be ok. ...Read more

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How long does it take to get birth control pills out of your system?

How long does it take to get birth control pills out of your system?

Half life of BCP's: The usual time to rid the body of bcp's is about 1 month, but I advise patients to wait 2 months prior to trying to conceive. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for birth control pills to be effective?

Immediately: Immediately if you start the first pill on the sunday following the beginning of your period. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for birth control pills to start taking effect?

A week or less: If you start taking your pills on the first day of your period, they're effective immediately. If you start at any other time, you should use a backup method for 7 days. Many doctors say the whole first month, but the evidence says a week. ...Read more

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I took birth control pills for almost 3 weeks how long does it take to be out of my system?

A few days: Birth control is out of your system about 5-7 days after you stop taking them. If you are sexually active consider starting them back up again ...Read more

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Can you start birth control pills anytime during your cycle, as long as you take them consistently?

Can you start birth control pills anytime during your cycle, as long as you take them consistently?

No: Oral contraceptives need to be taken within the first week of your menstrual flow to guarantee their effectiveness. Ovulation can and does occur thereafter, and starting a pill after no previous contraception later than 10 days is like "locking the barn door after the horse is gone". ...Read more

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How long should it take birth control pills to get out of your system if only taken for less than two weeks?

How long should it take birth control pills to get out of your system if only taken for less than two weeks?

Already gone: They last a very short period of time, so if you took them for only 2 weeks, they are likely already out of your system. But you need to find another form of birth control to be safe. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can I change the time I take my birth control pills? I was taking them@ 7:30pm for a long time. Now I take them at 8:30pm because of my work schedule

Can I change the time I take my birth control pills? I was taking them@ 7:30pm for a long time. Now I take them at 8:30pm because of my work schedule

Sure: Since it's only one hour difference then it will be fine no matter what kind of birth control pill you are taking. In general you want to take progestin only pills ("Mini-Pill", Micronor) within an hour of the same time each day. You have about a 6 hour window for combined contraceptives that contain estrogen and progesterone. ...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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How long do you have to wait to take birth control pills after you have a baby?

How long do you have to wait to take birth control pills after you have a baby?

BCP's postpartum: It depends upon whether you're nursing or not. Usually women even if they aren't breastfeeding will not ovulate until at least 6 weeks after delivery. ...Read more

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If I took quasense birth control pills for two days, how long will it take to get out of my system?

Birth control: Levonorgestrel has a half-life of about 29.8 hrs and ethinyl Estradiol 15.4 hrs. The half-life is the time necessary for one half of the drug in your system to be degraded or excreted. Based on this the majority of the drug will be completely gone within 4 half-lives. ...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 Lin
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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