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Is Withdrawal An Effective Contraceptive
I took emergency contraceptives on the first day of my period. What will happen to my period? Will I still experience withdrawal bleeding?
I only get my period when I do the progesterone withdrawal challenge. I have been on both oral contraceptives and progesterone. Which would be better?
3.5 months post partum, breastfeeding and using withdrawal method. Is this an effective method of birth control?
Varies: The theroretical or "perfect" use of a contraceptive gel or cream should approach 85-90 % but actual use is closer to 75-80%. The difference results from variance in use, how long was it in, how long did intercourse last, was intercourse repeated without re-using gel? An individual woman's anatomy may play a factor. A tilted uterus may hide the cervix from the chemical barrier of the gel. ...Read more
Must use something: Everytime and strips are about 85% so I rec using condoms and strips then it goes up ta about 95 %. ...Read more
Combined contraceptive pill, is it still effective if you take it at 9 am one day and 12 (midday) the next?
Yes: Three hour difference in one day should not reduce the effectiveness of the pill. It is better to take it at the same time every day to ensure that you do not miss a day. ...Read more
Me and my wife are looking for a long term effective contraceptive method that will not have long term side effects. Can you please suggest us a few?
Several choices: There have been important improvements in intra-uterine devices in the past 10 years. These small devices may or may not contain progestin hormones, and can safely stay in place for years. They need to be inserted by a nurse practitioner or doctor in the office. Implanon, which is inserted under the skin is another possibility. It contains a progestin that is gradually released into the body. ...Read more
Implanon/Nexplanon: At this point the Implanon (single capsule inserted under skin in arm) is considered most effective form of birth control. It has shown slight more effectiveness than tubal ligation and vasectomy. This is occasionally debated- but at the very least it is equivalent to these more permanent methods. Iud is also a very effective form of birth control. ...Read more
Best if no delivery:
The sponge is more effective for women who have never given birth.
If women who have never given birth always use the sponge as directed, 9 out of 100 will become pregnant each year.
If women who have never given birth don't always use the sponge as directed, 12 out of 100 will become pregnant each year. 20/100 and 24/100 if previously given birth vaginally. ...Read more
Not one for all: The most effective form of contraceptive, aside from abstinence, is determined by individual factors taken into account by your doctor in concert with your preferences. Contraception is not a one size fits all situation. Discuss your options with your doctor or with family planning in your community. ...Read more
If you take the contraceptive combined pill at different times everyday is it still as effective?
Stick to a routine: It should be okay, but generally with oral contraceptives, you want to stick to a regular schedule to avoid missing doses and if other occasions arise. ...Read more
Preteen through: Adulthood; however, pills are not 100% certain: you should always use condoms plus or with spermicidal gel or foam. ...Read more
Yes it is: Yes it is still effective.Get a more detailed answer ›
Life is not perfect: Life is never perfect nor 100%. Things just happen, sometimes. Each woman's body has to respond to the artificial hormones in the pills, and maybe once in a rare while she still manages to ovulate. The percentages are about a population of women, NOT about one woman. Medical statistics have to be interpreted this way, because nobody knows what the percentage effectiveness is for a specific woman. ...Read more
Condoms OCPs IUDs...: Most contraceptive methods are effective when used correctly (so, a person must use a method correctly). Birth control pills, iud's, condoms, etc... Are all fine. Pulling the penis out at the last second doesn't work so well. There is no official time gap between two intercourse events, so one can take as little or as much time as desired to avoid unwanted irritation/itching/discharge/aches/etc... ...Read more
How long do you have to be on birth control in order for it to be an effective contraceptive method?
One pack: If you start your pill on the day that your period starts, then it works immediately. If you do a sunday start, then it can take up to two weeks. ...Read more
Is a contraceptive pill still effective if assumed 4 hours after 3 pills of absorbent carbon? Thanks, so worried...
Probably: Yr stomach contents empty within 2 hours, so I think you are safe. It also depends where in your pill cycle you are. Why did you take carbon? If you take antibiotics, have diarrhea/ vomiting your pill may not be completely absorbed before excreted and not work as well. Even if you forget one pill completely your hormone levels should prevent pregnancy. Consider larc! = iud/nexplanon. ...Read more
How effective is an emergancy contraceptive pill like plan b? How fast do I need to take it for the maximum effect?
Take it as soon as: Possible after the episode with failed birth control. Plan B One-Step is up to 89 % effective when taken within 72 hours (3 days) after unprotected sex. It can reduce chance of pregnancy by up to 95% if used within 24 hours. It continues to reduce the risk of pregnancy up to 120 hours (5 days) after unprotected sex, but is less effective as time passes. ...Read more
I took contraceptive before 72 hrs, being precise 2-3 hrs before completing 72 hrs. Will contraceptive be effective? Will I get pregnant?
Hope not: It sounds like you're talking about taking emergency contraceptive at about 70 hrs after unprotected sex. The risk of pregnancy is ~ 1%. It's more effective if taken sooner & less effective the longer time goes by before taking. Run a home urine pregnancy test at 14 days after the sex using the first urine of the morning. Good luck and think about a more effective contraception for the future. ...Read more
What happens if you take 3 emergency contraceptives for 3 consecutive weeks? (one each week). Will it hurt you? Cause infertility? Less effective?
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