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Leg Pain And Birth Control Pills
Birth control & vein: There are many risk factors for developing blood clots & the more risk factors that you have the higher the chance that you could develop a blood clot. Both hormonal birth control & varicose veins increase your risk for blood clots, so adding the 2 risks is worse than 1 risk alone. Best option is treating the varicose veins so that this risk no longer exists, making birth control less of an issue ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Also known as oral contraceptives, birth control pills are highly effective oral medications that use hormones to prevent pregnancy. There are two main types of birth control pills: one with estrogen and progestin (also known as the combination pill) and one with just progestin. The two main ways they prevent pregnancy are: 1) The hormones thicken the cervical mucous, which keeps sperm from entering the uterus on their way to the egg; and 2) By maintaining a level of hormone in the blood stream that prevents the ...Read more
I just started my first pack of birth control pills. I'm having some minor leg discomfort, I am unsure if this is due to exercise or a blood clot.
Unsure: Doctor need to do physical exam to clarify. ...Read more
If I get leg cramps everytime I start my new round of birth control pills should I stop taking them? The doctor said to not worry, but I am worried.
Change brands: Multiple diff combinations exist, free at your health dept. Consider iud. ...Read more
No association: There isn't an established association between birth control pills and varicose veins or spider veins. Both are made worse by prolonged standing. Varicose veins also get worse during pregnancy. Talk with your doctor about methods to minimize varicose veins. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
I am on warfarin for blood clots in my leg. Diagnosed 3 weeks ago. I am also on benicar. My BP is 140/90, is this a problem? I had a pe in january of 2010, was put on warfarin for 6 months. They believe it was the birth control pills and immediately stop
Family history?: Birth control pills do increase your risk for developing a blood clot, but they don't increase that risk as much as pregnancy does. There are also clotting problems that can run in the family. You should ask your doctor about being testing for a familial reason to develop clots, and you should definitely be using another method of birth control to prevent pregnancy while you're on warfarin. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why does birth control pills cause swollen ankle & feet? I often experienced it since I started taking oral birth control. Any remedies? Suggestion?
BCP swelling: 25 F Why does birth control pills cause swollen ankle & feet? I often experienced it since I started taking oral birth control. Any remedies? Suggestion? ANS: They do not cause swelling. You are probably eating way too much salt. Unless you have been pregnant and have varicose veins or are taking CCBs for hi BP.. ...Read more
Vein disease: Female hormones, prolonged standing, prolonged sitting, pregnancy, weight lifting, heat, heredity can cause leg pain with venous insufficiency called reflux. Wearing prescription strength support stockings can help the symptoms until you can have ultrasound scan by a phlebologist: www. Phlebology. Org easy in office procedures to treat reflux. We know bcp can aggravate reflux but pregnancy can more. ...Read more
I have been on birth control for 7 years due to problem with my periods. I am now experiencing severe leg pain. Could it be related to the medicine?
Missed birth control pills, had unprotected sex and experienced breakthrough bleeding. I have fatigue, leg nerve spasms, discharge. Pregnancy chances?
Chances/ likelihood: Depends on how many of the oral contraceptive pills were missed ; when in your menstrual cycle you had the unprotected sexual intercourse. Bottom line, is that you should consistently use protection if you aren't ready for pregnancy. Take a home pregnancy test if your period is late. Take care. ...Read more
47 yr old healthy F. Put on birth control pills to stop a period I had for 3.5 wks. It’s working but is this the best plan?
Birth control: If it worked seems so but perhaps you have another question ...Read more
Yes: All medications expire- ocps, like other meds, do not immediately become inactive on the expiry date, but effectiveness and safety diminish over time, and for such an important med it's an unacceptable risk to take expired pills. ...Read more
How the pill works: Most birth control pills are "combination pills" containing a combination of the hormones estrogen and Progesterone to prevent ovulation. The pill also works by thickening the mucus around the cervix, which makes it difficult for sperm to enter the uterus an fertilize any eggs that are there. Some of the hormones found in the pill sometimes make it difficult for an egg to attach to the wall. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Every day: The way to take birth control pills is to take one pill a day every day, at about the same time. Most packs of pills have the days of the week written on the pack - so you know if you took that days pill or not. I sometimes have woman start the pack on the 5th day of the period or on the sunday following the first day of the period. When you finish a pack the next day start the next one. ...Read more
U need to see a heal: Health care provider either a board certified gyn or a clinic like planned parethood, u need an exam and pap and make sure you are a candidate for the pills and have no contraindiciations, and I always give my patients free samples to start out with if I have the kind that they need and then they will write u a script for u to get the pills at the pharmacy or mail order pharm. ...Read more
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