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Hi I recently have been taking Kariva birth control and I was wondering is it normal to be spotting in the third week of your pills?

Hi I recently have been taking Kariva birth control and I was wondering is it normal to be spotting in the third week of your pills?

Birth control: It is normal to spot for the first few months when starting a new birth control. If this persists and it's bothersome speak to your doctor about maybe getting a different prescription. Take care! ...Read more

Dr. Mark Ingerman
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Kariva (Definition)

Kariva is a birth control pill. It is a combination of ethinyl Estradiol & desogestrel. It's considered a low dose pill with regards to estradiol. The Progesterone desogestrel is a "3rd generation" progesterone. There may be a slightly higher risk of blood clots with 3rd generation Progesterone contraceptives. But overall blood clot risk is still much lower than ...Read more


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Is it normal to skip a period when on Kariva birth control?

Is it normal to skip a period when on Kariva birth control?

Rarely.: Are you taking Kariva regularly every day? If you are, and missed your period, continue taking the pill daily but let your doctor know. Kariva has estrogen at the end of the cycle so periods are lighter or spot. Taken perfectly, ocp like Kariva have 1% failure rate. If you have missed 2 periods, or have been irregularly taking the pills, you could be pregnant and need to see your primary or ob. ...Read more

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If i begin taking Kariva birth control pills while on my period, are they effective immediately?

If i begin taking Kariva birth control pills while on my period, are they effective immediately?

Yes they are : Yes these are effective if you take at the start or during your periods as it suppresses the ovulation which happens at about mid period , they also lakes vaginal mucus thick so that sperm can not travel to uterus and harder for the fertilized egg to attach to the uterus. ...Read more

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Can Kariva birth control pills cause breast growth?

Can Kariva birth control pills cause breast growth?

Yes: According to the emedtv (http://std.Emedtv.Com/kariva/side-effects-of-kariva.Html) Kariva estrogen based bcps can lead to breast lumps. This is not a uniform enlargement and can be misleading in mammograms and self-exam efforts, raising the possibility of a malignant growth. ...Read more

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Is it common to experience heavy bleeding with Kariva (mircette) birth control pills?

Is it common to experience heavy bleeding with Kariva (mircette) birth control pills?

No: We expect periods to get lighter, not heavier, on the pill. You should consult your doctor to look for other explanations. ...Read more

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I take the active birth control pills (mircette/kariva) and don't take the non-active ones, and yet I have a full blown cycle. Is this normal?

I take the active birth control pills (mircette/kariva) and don't take the non-active ones, and yet I have a full blown cycle. Is this normal?

If u go staright: To the next pack then that is not normal, if u are not taking the non active ones and not going straight to the next pack then that would be normal, but i dont like that pill i never prescribe it except when someone's insurance makes them take it , u can get on other pills so u have a much lighter period, please call your gyn. ...Read more

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Been on birth control for yrs and switched to Kariva about 4 months ago, no period this month. Always use backup when having sex. What could cause this?

Low dose pills: It is not abnormal to miss a menstrual cycle when taking low dose birth control pills. This happens a lot. If you think you might be pregnant check then check a home pregnancy test. They are cheap, reliable and available at any pharmacy. ...Read more

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Birth control, help!?

Birth control, help!?

Many options: There are many options available for effective contraception. The best method for you depends on your age, medical history, your contraceptive goals ( long term or short term), previous forms of contraception and why you discontinued them, etc. Speak to your local gyn, they will be glad to discuss your options with you. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
2,319 doctors shared insights

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. Cornelius O'Leary Jr
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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