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Is birth control still effective if your periods are irregular?

Is birth control still effective if your periods are irregular?

Birth control: If your periods are irregular, oral contraceptive pills may help to give you more regular cycles. Irregular periods are caused by not ovulating at regular intervals. This may make natural family planning impossible. And make it more difficult to know whether you are pregnant or not. ...Read more

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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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Will i still have irregular periods if i only miss a few of my birth control pills?

Will i still have irregular periods if i only miss a few of my birth control pills?

Yes: You will have withdrawal bleeding and should use additional protection. This can happen even if you miss a single pill. In this case if you double up immediately you should be safe. ...Read more

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I am 21 female.And still haven't fully developed breast. I constantly have irregular periods. Severe acne and my breast haven't developed. I barely fill an a cup. Its embarrassing. I've been on byaz birth control which helped with the acne but gave me sev

I am 21 female.And still haven't fully developed breast. I constantly have irregular periods. Severe acne and my breast haven't developed. I barely fill an a cup. Its embarrassing. I've been on byaz birth control which helped with the acne but gave me sev

It : It may be reasonable to see your gynecologist and make these concerns known to them. It may be a normal situation for you, there are many women who never go beyond an a cup in size. However they could consider an endocrine evaluation of your complaints. Also there are other mixtures of estrogen/progesterone birth control that may help your headaches. ...Read more

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Could birth control help irregular periods?

Could birth control help irregular periods?

Yes: Hormonal contraceptives could be used to treat irregular periods but that should be done after carful evaluation by a gyn provider and close monitoring is required while on such medications. Depending on age and other factors, irregular periods could be part of a normal pre-menopausal period. ...Read more

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If I have irregular periods, what type of birth control should I be taking?

If I have irregular periods, what type of birth control should I be taking?

There are quite: a few oral contraceptives that could help regulate your period BUT you need to discuss this with your dr or gynecologist to figure out your best option ...Read more

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Is it normal to have irregular periods after birth control?

Is it normal to have irregular periods after  birth control?

Depends: If the birth control is depoprover then yes. Most people will return to the same pattern of bleeding once they stop the pill. If you were on the pill and it is now irregular, then go see the doc because there are other things to check for. If depo was the drug used, then give it time. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have irregular periods after stopping birth control?

Yes: Birth control plus are synthetic hormones that override your normal body regulation to create menses very 28-30 days. Once you stop the synthetic override it can take some women a few months to re-regulate. If your periods were irregular before pills, they will likely be irregular after you stop. The best treatment I have found for hormonal balance is acupuncture. It is amazing! ...Read more

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Started LOL Birth Control and I'm havering irregular periods.... Is this normal?

Started LOL Birth Control and I'm havering irregular periods.... Is this normal?

Breakthrough bleed: Sounds like breakthrough bleeding which occurs when you have bleeding at unscheduled times while on the pill. Brown is simply old blood that has been sitting at the back of the vagina. Often things get back to normal the next cycle. If not then schedule a visit to discuss changing brands or changing birth control methods. This is very common. Other than being annoying it is not dangerous. ...Read more

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If you stop birth control, will you have irregular periods for a while, or not at all?

If you stop birth control, will you have irregular periods for a while, or not at all?

Maybe: Most women will return to having normal cycles within 1-2 months of stopping the birth control pill, especially if they were regular prior to starting the pill; but occasionally it can take as long as 6+ months. If you do not get it by then, make sure you are not pregnant, then you should talk to your gyn. ...Read more

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If I have irregular periods is the FAM temp charting birth control method accurate??

If I have irregular periods is the FAM temp charting birth control method accurate??

Not accurate: Temperature charts can vary based on your hydration status or if you have a fever from a virus. They have a very high failure rate as a birth control, especially in someone with irregular cycles. If you do not want to get pregnant, you MUST use birth control every time you have sex, and only a barrier method like a condom will help to prevent STD's ...Read more

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Do birth control stop the bleeding for irregular periods ?

Do birth control stop the bleeding for irregular periods ?

Yes!: Irregular periods are caused when your body's signals for ovulation and menstruation get confused by hormonal imbalances that can be related to your thyroid (TSH), pituitary (LH/FSH/prolactin), ovaries (estrogen/progesterone). Many external factors can affect the hormones: malnutrition, stress, obesity, for example. Hormonal contraception can help to regulate your periods, which is healthier. ...Read more

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How does birth control regulate irregular periods if you have pcos?

How does birth control regulate irregular periods if you have pcos?

By consistency.: Taking oral contraceptives means that you are getting a fixed, known dose of oestrogen and Progesterone month in and month out. Assuming the dosage and combination are right for you, this basically entrains your cycles to follow a set, predictable pattern. It isn't foolproof however, and may require some adjustment of the ocp before it works. ...Read more

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My gf has irregular periods and she does not have a period at all unless she is on birth control is that bad?

My gf has irregular periods and she does not have a period at all unless she is on birth control is that bad?

Good question: Thanks for being concerned about your girlfriend. Her irregular periods off of birth control likely means she is not ovulating for some reason. There are lots of reasons for anovulation or irregular ovulation in the late teens, and she hopefully has discussed this with her ob/gyn. Using birth control is one way to try and get hormones/ovulation back on track. It's not bad that she's not ovulating. ...Read more

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What are birth control that helps you get pregnant with those who have irregular periods?

What are birth control that helps you get pregnant with those who have irregular periods?

No: Your ovaries make hormones that control your uterus. If you ovulate regularly, then you'll menstruate regularly. If not, then irregular periods. Birth control pills regulate your cycles, and often make them shorter and lighter. If difficulty conceiving, then fertility medications can correct ovulation so pregnancy possible. Outdated term: polycystic ovaries. Better ovulation dysfunction. ...Read more

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Im on birth control for irregular periods. If i don't take it i bleed for months. So how do I get pregnant?

U will need help: U may need Clomid (clomiphene) or other meds but that can be dealt with when u are ready i wouldn't worry about that until u are ready , assuming you have had a proper workup of your bleeding which would include, cultures, blood work, exam and a pelvic ultrasound. ...Read more

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What can cause irregular periods. I have 1 every 2-3 months. Im not on birth control or anything.

What can cause irregular periods. I have 1 every 2-3 months. Im not on birth control or anything.

Many answers: Irregular cycles occur in 15% of all women. It is difficult to determine why without proper investigation including hormone levels and ultrasound. Birth control periods are not "real"; they are drug induced. This is your baseline cycle and is not awful by itself unless other symptoms are occurring. Cycle irregularity may come into play once pregnancy is attempted. ...Read more

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Is there something i can do or take other than birth control to help out with my irregular periods...Please help?

Is there something i can do or take other than birth control to help out with my irregular periods...Please help?

Other than BC Pills?: Besides birth control pills, you might have success with hormone patches, a vaginal hormone ring, or a progesterone-containing iud. All of these products are designed for birth control, but all may help to regulate periods. There are many women who use birth control products for non-contraceptive purposes, such as decreased menstrual flow or pain, and menstrual regulation. Good luck. Lgromkomd. ...Read more

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I have irregular periods. How do I make them regular besides being on birth control? I don't know what's causing it.

I have irregular periods.  How do I  make them regular besides being on birth control?  I don't know what's causing it.

Find the cause: Normal menstrual periods last 7 days or less, and range from 24-38 days (counting from the beginning of one period to the beginning of the next). Menstrual cycles that are outside of that range may be caused by a variety of problems, from hormone imbalances to obesity, to other serious medical problems. You should chart your periods and see your doctor if cycles are irregular to find the cause. ...Read more

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When should I begin taking my birth control again while waiting on irregular periods due to Plan B?

When should I begin taking my birth control again while waiting on irregular periods due to Plan B?

Restart asap: Be safe. Restart your contraceptive pills ASAP or better yet consult a knowledgeable Gyn about getting a LARC, Long Acting Reversible Contraception with IUD or subdermal implants which are the most effective methods to prevent pregnancy. ...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


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Irregular Periods (Definition)

The cycle varies from ever 3 to ...Read more