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Dr. Walter Husar
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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 does it take birth control pills to go bad in the tropics?

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 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 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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What do you advise if I'm still feeling very nauseous a month and a half into my birth control pills. How long does it take to go away?

What do you advise if I'm still feeling very nauseous a month and a half into my birth control pills. How long does it take to go away?

Try taking at night: Try taking your pill everyday at night or before you go to bed. This way hopefully the nausea will wear off by the time you wake up. There are other birth control options that won't cause you to be nauseous if you continue to have this problem. ...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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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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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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Is it bad to take birth control pills? With all those side effects?

Is it bad to take birth control pills? With all those side effects?

Relative: It's all relative. Everything has + ; -. For example, the medicine that people overdose on the most ; end up needing liver transplants for is tylenol (acetaminophen). Doesn't mean you won't use tylenol (acetaminophen). Yes, bcps have some serious side effects but you can minimize some of those by not smoking, losing weight, ; being health with diet ; exercise. The upside of bcps though is not getting pregnant ; clearer skin. ...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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How long does it take until birth control pills are effective after waiting 1 week to start a new pack? Is it immeadiately or does it take a few days?

How long does it take until birth control pills are effective after waiting 1 week to start a new pack? Is it immeadiately or does it take a few days?

It depends: It depends on whether you can be sure you're not pregnant--no sex in the last month, consistent birth control. If no risk of pregnancy, you can do a "quick start" and start anytime. Many doctors advise starting on the first day of a period. Use back up birth control for 7 days if you start anytime other than day 1 of your period. ...Read more

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How long does it take for breasts to swell when on birth control pills?

How long does it take for breasts to swell when on birth control pills?

Within a few days: Your breasts will respond to the estrogen-like component of your birth control pills within 24 hours to a few days. You may experience tenderness, swelling, or even some clear nipple discharge -- all of this is normal. ...Read more

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How long does it take to get pregnant after stopping birth control pills?

How long does it take to get pregnant after stopping birth control pills?

It depends: It depends on the person but one can ovulate that first cycle right after stopping the pill and get pregnant. ...Read more

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I started taking Levora birth control pills how long does it take to work?

2nd cycle: During the first cycle a woman's body may still need to adjust to the birth control pill. During the second cycle the she will experience the full protective effect. ...Read more

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How long does it take your hormone levels to regulate after switching to low dosage birth control pills?

How long does it take your hormone levels to regulate after switching to low dosage birth control pills?

OCPs: In 5-7 days the hormone levels should adjust. It would have been more helpful to know what were you taking and what did you switch to. ...Read more

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How long does it take for birth control pills to regulate your period?

Variable: For most women, birth control pills regulate cycles within 3 months although this variable. ...Read more

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How long does it take for birth control pills to clear acne?

How long does it take for birth control pills to clear acne?

3 months: There should be a significant improvement of the acne by cycle 3 or 3 months. ...Read more

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How long does it generally take birth control pills to control acne hormones?

How long does it generally take birth control pills to control acne hormones?

1-3 months: It typically takes a few months to see an effect and may take 3-6 months to see as much benefit as you will get. You may notice that you don't get flares before your period on the pill. ...Read more

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How long do you have to take birth control pills for the ovarian cyst to go away and get pregnant?

How long do you have to take birth control pills for the ovarian cyst to go away and get pregnant?

1-2 months: Bcps stop the functioning of the ovary as they become the source of hormones for the body. This allows the cyst to regress in 1-2 months. ...Read more

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My stomach hurts and I'm on birth control pills. I just started to take birth control pills (im on week 3) and my stomach just started hurting really bad and I feel like im going to throw up, what is going on?

My stomach hurts and I'm on birth control pills. I just started to take birth control pills (im on week 3) and my stomach just started hurting really bad and I feel like im going to throw up, what is going on?

Sometimes: Sometimes pills will cause nausea. It is usually progressive rather than sudden onset. Also the abdominal pain is not a typical feature of the nausea associated with oral contraceptives. If the pain gets worse you should see your doctor. ...Read more

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How long does it take for me to come off birth control pills, so my period can become regular?

Depends: If you had regular cycles prior to being on the pill, then it should resume normally immediately after ending the pill if you did not stop in the middle of the pill pack. If you did drop the pill somewhere in the pill pack, then it may take a cycle or two for you to return to your "normal" cycle.
If you cycle was irrgeular prior to the pill use, then it will still be irregular afterward. ...Read more

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I want to take birth control pills for b.c. & the relief of bad PMS. I donated my kidney just under a year ago & have below or avg BP. Is it safe?

I want to take birth control pills for b.c. & the relief of bad PMS. I donated my kidney just under a year ago & have below or avg BP. Is it safe?

Yes: In fact, taking BCP's to help to control your PMS symptoms is probably better for the health of your 1 kidney, than taking excessive amounts of OTC meds. Like Ibuprofen or Naproxen. Just need to monitor your B.P. response to BCP's. If your B.P. remains fine, then no worries. Best of luck. ...Read more

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What can I do if my period started early but I take birth control pills, so will it be a long period then?

Unpredictable: You will tend to see bleeding through the rest of this cycle. While it may continue into when you would normally see your period, it could stop earlier or it could stop and then resume. ...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. Al Hegab
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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