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How To Diagnose Pcos While On The Birth Control Pill
Irregular pill bleed: This pill has the same hormone dose in each pill, 30 mcg of the estrogen, so usually this recipe does not have a lot of irregular bleeding if you are taking it regularly for 21 days with a 7 day period week. Except in the first few months, when it is common to have some irregular bleeding. After that if you get new irregular bleeding, you should check for infection, pregnancy, medication problems. ...Read more
Pcos is a metabolic disorder affecting 8-10% of women that may cause irregular periods, acne or increased hair growth, infertility or subfertility, and increases the risk of diabetes. To diagnose pcos, we need 2 out of 3 of: 1. Irregular or no periods 2. Acne, hair growth and/or blood tests showing too much male-type hormones (androgens) 3. Ultrasound showing large ovaries ...Read more
Side effects: 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 bleeding that gets better over time. Missed pills can also cause breakthrough bleeding. Cramps usually go along with spotting. Otc meds such as Ibuprofen or Naproxen can help cramps and bleeding. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it safe to switch from birth control patch to birth control pills will that effect your cycle and being able to concieve?
Fairly common: Especially so in the first 2-3 months of starting a new pill, as one's body is 'adjusting' to the new hormones. If it persists beyond the first few months, then it may not be the best pill for you, and another pill would likely not cause the same irregular bleeding. It would also be a good idea to get checked for other causes of irregular bleeding. ...Read more
I just switched to nuvaring from oral combination birth control pills. How long will it take for the nuvaring to prevent pregnancy?
No waiting: If you switched straight from the pills to the ring without missing any active pills or being late starting the ring, there should be no waiting period. ...Read more
Yes : The "period" pills are placebos - designed to keep you in the habit of daily pill ingestion. ...Read more
Usually any of them: Go see your family doc or ob/gyn. They will give you a script to help regulate your periods. Usually orthotricyclin would do fine for my patients. ...Read more
If I take over-the-counter estrogen pills for breakthrough bleeding while on Nexplanon will the effectiveness of the birth control be affected?
No OTC estrogen: There are no OTC estrogens. There are OTC meds that claim to estrogenic activity, but estrogen requires a prescription. Plan B, which OTC, is a progestin. If you took prescription estrogen while on Nexplanon, it would not effect the birth control, and may stabilize the endometrium, decreasing the bleeding. Talk to your GYN. ...Read more
Depends on when: There are many different mixtures of pills. The main differences are the types and ratios of estrogen & progesterone. If you are having mid-cycle spotting, then you need a pill with more estrogen to stabilize the uterine lining. If you are having late spotting just before your period should be starting, then you probably need a pill with more progesterone. Take your menstrual diary to talk to dr. ...Read more
Can vitamin C make you bleed while taken on birth control ? Does it mean your birth control stopped working?
Sprintec OCs: Yes, but don't make a habit of it. The 7 white pills do not contain hormone; they are "spacers" to allow the estrogen levels to drop and bring on your period. If you miss one or more white pills, throw away those you didn't take and take the remainder before starting on the next regular cycle of white pills. There is no danger beyond the normal fail rate (2-3%) of pregnancy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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