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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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Can i gain weight after birth control? I lost my birth control becuause my insurance ran out, right after that i notice that my body was changing. While i was on birth control i was loosing weight but once i finished my last pack i stopped being able to l

Can i gain weight after birth control? I lost my birth control becuause my insurance ran out, right after that i notice that my body was changing. While i was on birth control i was loosing weight but once i finished my last pack i stopped being able to l

Withdrawal : Withdrawal of birth control is highly unlikely to cause weight gain. Without birth control you may be pregnant which can cause an initial, significant weight gain. Other issues are thyroid dysfunction. Sometimes the estrogen in oral contraceptives can cause nausea and now you may be relieved of this nausea. Losing insurance should not prevent you from obtaining contraception. Wal-mart has very cheap birth control as does planned parenthood and neighborhood health clinics. The clinics can also evaluate for thyroid dysfunction. I would suggest that you check out one near you. ...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

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How good is my birth control?

How good is my birth control?

Discuss with doctor : Effectiveness of birth control varies depending on the method type and use by the patient. Permanent sterilization, implants, iuds are among the most effective (99% with perfect use) while pills, patches, and injections are not as effective but still reliably prevent pregnancy (94-98%). A woman's knowledge of proper timing and administration should be from extensive counseling by her doctor. ...Read more

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Is expired birth control safe ?

Define "safe": Taking it will likely not lead to any toxic reaction.It won't kill you. The expiration date is the end of its useful life, or the date beyond which the hormones contained in the pills weaken to the point they cannot work.If you try to use this for birth control, I would be sure to use backup at the same time. ...Read more

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Switching birth control - help?

Switching 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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I have a birth control question?

I have a birth control question?

YES--ask away: Using birth control to prevent unintended pregnancy and to plan carefully for when you want a pregnancy is a healthy choice. Hormonal birth control is typically safer than pregnancy for most women. The most effective contraceptive methods are call larc--long-acting reversible contraceptives, and include iuds and an implant beneath the skin. Iuds are good for 5 or 10 years and the implant for 3. ...Read more

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How can the birth control works?

That depends.: Depends on type of birth control - some works through a barrier to semen and others work through hormones. (condom, spermicide, iud, diaphragm, birth control pills etc). ...Read more

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What birth control should I take?

What birth control should I take?

The one you like: There are many birth control options available these days and a full discussion about choices should be made with your doctor. Everyone's situation is different, likes and dislikes, and interactions with other medications all play a role in deciding which method is best for an individual person. Pills, implants, rings, iud's, shots, patches are all reversible and available and highly effective. ...Read more

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What birth control is best for me.?

Birth control. : The best method is the one that's right for you. There is no best method. Do you smoke? If so, you cannot use the birth control pill or the nuvaring. Is a long acting method a possibility? If so, then Implanon or Mirena (levonorgestrel) might be good. Are you ready for something permament? If so, then essure is an excellent option. It all depends what's important to you. Talk to your obgyn. ...Read more

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Is going on birth control worth it?

Is going on birth control worth it?

Usually: In general, the risks of pregnancy are higher than the risks of birth control. But it depends on how you feel about getting pregnant, your baseline risk of getting pregnant and side effects from birth control. So it is really an individual issue. ...Read more

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What if i don't take birth control?

Depends: Birth control is not for everyone. But if you are of child bearing age and sexual active then the possibility of getting pregnant is high if you are not on any form of birth control. Birth control could also be used for management of other conditions like acne, irregular periods, or hot flashes. ...Read more

Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
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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