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Looking for contraceptive options like rhythm or withdrawal?

Looking for contraceptive options like rhythm or withdrawal?

Alternative CP: The rhytm method works well in women who have regular periods and can follow the changes occuring in the cervical mucus during cycle.
The withdrawl method works in similar people when avoiding coitus during the period from day 10 (from 1st day of menses) till day 18. ...Read more

Dr. Barbara Lavi
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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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Does withdrawal bleeding mean your contraceptive didn't work? Yes or no

Does withdrawal bleeding mean your contraceptive didn't work? Yes or no

No: I am not sure what you mean by "withdrawal bleeding", but as a medical term it means normal menses. This should occur during birth control use. ...Read more

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I took emergency contraceptives on the first day of my period. What will happen to my period? Will I still experience withdrawal bleeding?

I took emergency contraceptives on the first day of my period. What will happen to my period? Will I still experience withdrawal bleeding?

BCPs: Sometimes break thru bleeding is unavoidable, even when regulating periods with birth control pills.
No worries as long as excessive bleeding (2-3 wks)
x 3 monthly cycles doesn't occur. A diet rich in iron also helps: milk, beans, red meat. Welcome to health tap, Dr. Ivy Fisher ...Read more

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Withdrawal and birth control pill together - effective?

Withdrawal and birth control pill together - effective?

Birth control: Birth-control is highly effective when taken correctly. The withdrawal method is very ineffective. If you are using birth control correctly then adding the withdrawal method is not necessary. If you want extra reassurance use condoms. ...Read more

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3.5 months post partum, breastfeeding and using withdrawal method. Is this an effective method of birth control?

3.5 months post partum, breastfeeding and using withdrawal method. Is this an effective method of birth control?

One of the worst: This is one of the least effective birth control methods with about a 20 % failure rate. If you do not want to be pregnant then schedule a visit to discuss all of the many effective contraction options you can choose from ...Read more

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How effective is contraceptive gel?

How effective is contraceptive gel?

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

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Is the patch or the contraceptive ring as effective as the pill?

Is the patch or the contraceptive ring as effective as the pill?

Yes: Both the patch and ring are as effective as the pill. Here's link to a simple birth control comparison chart:
http://www. Plannedparenthood. Org/health-topics/birth-control/birth-control-effectiveness-chart-22710.Htm. ...Read more

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Is my contraceptive pill going to be effective right away? If not, how long will it take?

Is my contraceptive pill going to be effective right away? If not, how long will it take?

Don't count on it: The general rule for starting a new bcp is to use a back up method for the first cycle. They may be immediately effective but a back up contraceptive is wise as a woman's body gets used to hormonal contraception. ...Read more

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Are vaginal contraceptive strips effective on sporadic use and can my partner finish inside?

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

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Combined contraceptive pill, is it still effective if you take it at 9 am one day and 12 (midday) the next?

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

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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?

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

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What is the most effective of the female contraceptives?

What is the most effective of the female contraceptives?

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

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How effective are contraceptive sponges?

How effective are contraceptive sponges?

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

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Please tell me the most effective form of contraceptive?

Please tell me the most effective form of contraceptive?

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

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If you take the contraceptive combined pill at different times everyday is it still as effective?

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

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What age group are oral contraceptives most effective?

What age group are oral contraceptives most effective?

Preteen through: Adulthood; however, pills are not 100% certain: you should always use condoms plus or with spermicidal gel or foam. ...Read more

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What makes oral contraceptives only 97%-99% effective and not 100%?

What makes oral contraceptives only 97%-99% effective and not 100%?

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

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Can you tell me exactly when is emergency contraceptive pill most effective?

Emergency Contracept: When taken as soon as possible after the act of sexual intercourse in which there was a failure of the form of protection being used. ...Read more

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Tell me an effective contraceptives. And how much gap is important between two intercourse?

Tell me an effective contraceptives. And how much gap is important between two intercourse?

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

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How long do you have to be on birth control in order for it to be an effective contraceptive method?

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

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Is a contraceptive pill still effective if assumed 4 hours after 3 pills of absorbent carbon? Thanks, so worried...

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

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How effective is an emergancy contraceptive pill like plan b? How fast do I need to take it for the maximum effect?

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

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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

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Are contraceptives an effective deterrent against stds?

Are contraceptives an effective deterrent against stds?

Only condoms: Birth control pills won't prevent std's. Neither will diaphragms or iuds. The only form of birth control that prevents both pregnancy and STDs (beside abstinence) is a condom. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about the withdrawal method of birth control?

Not efffective: The withdrawl method is when the male pulls his penis out of the vagina before ejaculation occurs. This is a very poor method of birth control. Even prior to ejaculation, the penis releases small amounts of fluid that contain sperm. ...Read more