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I have been on Portia birth control for a couple years now I have received Marisa . Is there a huge diffefence between the 2?

I have been on Portia birth control for a couple years now I have received Marisa . Is there a huge diffefence between the 2?

No: I assume you're referring to Marlissa, not Marisa. No, there's not a significant difference between the two; they're simply different brands containing the same medications, ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel. ...Read more

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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I missed 3 birth control pills (Portia) during the first week of new pack and had unprotected sex. Should I be worried or just continue taking pills?

I missed 3 birth control pills (Portia) during the first week of new pack and had unprotected sex. Should I be worried or just continue taking pills?

Both: Continue taking your pills as prescribed AND use a "backup" form of contraception the rest of this cycle. If no period at the end of this cycle, run a pregnancy test. Usually the risk of pregnancy is low at the beginning of the cycle for pregnancy, but not zero. ...Read more

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How long does it take for birth control pills (portia) to start working ? & also how long does it take to help prevent future ovarian cyst ?

How long does it take for birth control pills (portia) to start working ? & also how long  does it take to help prevent future ovarian cyst  ?

Short time: Contraceptive pills are most likely effective within 1-2 weeks of beginning. However, it is safest to use a backup method during the first cycle, unless you're starting the pills immediately during a normal menses. Not all ovarian cysts are suppressed no matter how long you are taking the pill. There should be some suppression of cysts beginning with the second cycle. It may not work for you. ...Read more

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I switched from Portia birth control to junel fe 1/20. The second week on junel was period-like. Now no period on placebo week. Pregnant?

I switched from Portia birth control to junel fe 1/20. The second week on junel was period-like. Now no period on placebo week. Pregnant?

Probably not: The change in pills can throw your period off. The junel is very low dose and therefore causes periods to be very light -sometimes just spotting. If you keep taking them , the breakthru bleeding should get better. If you are still worried about pregnancy, do a pregnancy test and trust the results. ...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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How safe is birth control?

How safe is birth control?

Safer than Pregnancy: Since the birth control method is not specifed in the queston. In general, if a patient does not have contraindications to a specific method of birth control, all methods are considered safer than pregnancy, which has a higher risk of complications and mortality (death) rate). ...Read more

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How good is birth control?

How good is birth control?

>95%: With "perfect" use (that is : not missing pills, and taking pills at the approximately same time everyday) more than 95% effective at preventing pregnancy. ...Read more

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How much is birth control?

How much is birth control?

Depends: This depends on where you live and what kind of birth control you want. The cheapest method i know of is to use a brand of pills called sprintec. It is $12 for 3 packs at any walmart or kroger. ...Read more

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Is birth control dangerous?

It all depends: Different birth control methods have different safety profiles. It depends on a individual woman's medical circumstances. ...Read more

Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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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